Harbingers / Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / Click on the Image to Enlarge

In the summer of ’56, I had a little Harley Davidson 125cc motorcycle. I rode it around Williams and Prescott, Arizona, while it lasted. The thing I liked best about it was being there, being in the open air, the sunshine and the wind. Being able to see all around me with nothing blocking my vision. Feeling alive.

Now I see people riding big, powerful motorcycles, like this couple, slowly, very slowly making there way through the narrow streets of Jerez de la Frontera, in Spain, with their heads tightly enclosed in bubbles. Safe. So safe. But where is nature? Where is freedom, sunshine, the wind, the sounds?

Where do we draw the line between safety and joy? Can there be reward without risk? Will we all, eventually end up living in hermetically sealed bubbles? Living virtual lives, cut off from feeling, hearing, smelling, seeing, experiencing life? Safe from feeling?

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5 thoughts on “HARBINGERS / Daily Painting #1317

  1. You are making a very good point, John. But I have to say that in today’s world, i.e. traffic (even whenskiing) a helmet is a must. So I’d say, ride a horse and you get all the sunshine, nature and freedom a person could want. An additional bonus, the bond and relationship with a formidable animal! Great painting, by the way:-)!

  2. That’s a heavy subject and you’re in a mighty philosophical mood, señor. I suppose there’s a balance. As Lucia suggests, I wouldn’t ride a motorcycle without a helmet nor do I ski without one. There’s nugget about riding a moto which says, more or less, “It’s not if you’ll lay your bike down but when.” And I gotta protect what little is left.

    Still I totally get your point.

  3. I love these questions John, and these
    Concerns ARE harbingers of things to come.
    We can just get out and away from crowds and
    Live it up in nature ourselves. That why you live in
    Taos! (The unexamined life is not worth living.)

  4. Now I am wondering, when pilots first started flying planes they wore helmets, parachutes, and strapped themselves in, when flying upside down they did not want to fall out of the plane. The years I flew never had a parachute, helmet, did strap myself in the seat to be safe. Now am wondering why did I bother to strap myself in the seat? My son Dennis had a cycle and never wore a helmet. We didn’t even think about it. John, you have made a good point.

  5. Now about the painting. Like the painting. Never rode a cycle. Now am thinking about all the fun I have missed. Are they getting ready for a big race?

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