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Revolution in Kindness

2011 was a year of disruption.

A year when the earth groaned, she screamed with violent victory and sent us all a shattering wake-up call. A snapping out of patterns and breaking away of free spirits from the toxic hands of control governed by fixed binary systems. Where being a Ferrari with a handbrake on is no longer a choice. Gaddafi and Osama Bin Laden GONE! Egypts great uprising in the name of freedom.

The rhythms of the earth and universe urging us all to make change. Threatening forces at play if we do not make the change. You may walk away but you can no longer pretend that you do not know. As the earth flooded, cracked, groaned and erupted we were urged to examine not only what we value and treasure but our own humanity. Self care was paramount and listening to instinct, a powerful voice that would not be silenced.

Make change make change make change to keep up with the change.
An endless chant that whispers in day and night hours. An endless struggle with a language inadequate to depict the speed and the new nature of our change. Looking for ways of expression that can describe this new way of being. Amidst this whirlpool of unease a heart cries for tenderness, so subtle, so nuanced that only poetry can ease the hunger for solace. And Art that strikes at the very meaning of truth and reality.

Modernism is dead. Binaries only cut the soul out of life and polarise our minds good/bad, light/dark, right/wrong turning our terror into night. Post Modernism for all its multiplicity in perspectives, power relationships, pulling apart binaries and deconstructing language is dying by degrees as we head beyond the post. Sitting inside our own little bubbles in our virtual kingdoms we struggle to define our Cyborg Realities. As our human heart longs to still beat under the heaviness of the glass screen of our iPhone, iPad, iMac which all so artfully revolve around the I (in this I generation). Have you noticed that I is the beginning and the ending of so much?

Yet strangely they say that the first ingredient of love is to see the other.
Locked within the I we touch the iPhone instead of touching the other. Voyeurs of beauty we see on the screen we fantasise in an intellectual way the connection with the screen, yet we ache to feel the warm softness of a human touch. The Social Network creator said that his agenda was to make the virtual world more important to people then the real. Has his dream become our realities?
Though no matter how hard we wish it to be the virtual world cannot kiss our lips, it cannot caress our minds and hold our bodies.

A revolution in kindness has been brewing inside my head for 18 months. I have thought deeply and written pages on this topic. Yet I feel all that has been written are just fragments of a massive theme. How can such an important passion be defined and explained to its full extent?

Revolution and Kindness are strange partners. An awkward yet profound juxtaposition. A marriage of apparent opposites but a necessary connection if we are to bring about change. My head is heavy with stories from wounded, vulnerable lives. Lives I have been sent to repair and to empower. A new job where again the key ingredient is kindness. A revolution is a sharp, dramatic and often painful change that brings about a completely different discourse. A breaking of control and societal structures that no longer apply or speak to our sensitivity or sensibility. To ponder this too much can make one teeter on the sharp edge of sanity. To free think and to challenge is a radical and confronting state to those that take the road most travelled of mass mentality. Conversation and communication dries up and disappears to those who actively reach for the answers daily on how to live a life fully.

It is a year for the other to emerge and thrive and carve a new reality ‘closer to the heart’ (as my favourite band Rush said). Good to reach out and find others that come completely from the heart and no longer require the approval from systems of thought that no longer work. I have been told that there are roses to be found for all those that have the courage to journey through the dark night to the light.

A revolution is not nice and neat. It can be disruptive and messy turning our world upside down. It can break apart the security of the existing systems before one breaks through to the other side. Yet this revolution in kindness is more a journey of hope then anything else. Hope is powerful force that can free us from our struggle and enables us to dream dreams of joy and raw celebration. Ah to visualise and restore a society that functions on the values of sensitivity and care of others and encourages people to ask questions and to truly engage in conversation that can create new, shared knowledge that is not just a rigid monologue born complete from set patterns. A conversation where to connect, to touch, to truly know and honour the other is something that I dream of. To be so secure in our “I” that we can see and be there for the other, for each other as we connect and join the peaceful, but potent Revolution in Kindness.

© Anthea Slade 11.11.11

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11.11.11 featured in Who Are You To Judge? 20-11-11
11.11.11 featured in CORE 12.11.11

Reflections and thoughts of 2011 on the 11.11.11 and the nature of change, connection, technology, cyborg realities, freedom and a much needed Revolution in Kindness.

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • BasantSoni
    BasantSoniover 3 years ago

    Marvelous presentation of inner thoughts on the day 11.11.11 which will be repeated after 800 years i.e. Friday on 11 th Nov will come ONLY 800 years later ..what a co-incidence…great write up…covering super matter. My congrats ..for the same.

  • Wow Basant that is amazing that 11.11 will on come every 800 years. 11.11.11 is a great number and I wanted to commemorate its importance with my reflections on the year. So thrilled that you enjoyed my write up and I truly appreciate your kind and considerate feedback. I hope you are enjoying the festive season.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 3 years ago

    Dear Anthea Again another deep thought provoking piece of writing and unfortunately we will see a lot more of turmoil and unrest there are a lot new challenges for all of us in our future.

  • Dear Renate this indeed a lot of new challenges for us all in the future and I feel that hope and kindness and respect are attributes that make a change possible. 2011 has been a hard and very challenging year with the speed and nature of change at times being completely overwhelming. Through my writing I try to make sense of the times we are living and try see a way through that is coloured with hope and kindness being a driving force in negotiating and making change that is intelligent and inclusive of others. Thank you for your beautiful friendship in 2011 my lovely friend Renate.

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Oh thank you so much my friend Liz for your wonderful feedback and support of my writing and art. What an amazing year 2011 has been and one that has kept us on our toes and adjusting to change. I truly appreciate your wonderful feedback and support always dear Liz.

    – Anthea Slade

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 3 years ago

    Such a sensitive piece of thought provoking write dear Anthea ! Revolution of Kindness ,
    sooooooooooooooooooooo Powerful …….Quite remarkable and so poingnant on 11 11 11

    Well it must be late in Carlton North , so have a Fab saturday evening my friend , and a big thanks for your lovely kind comment ! Your so kind …Paulx

  • Paul thank you for your kind and sensitive response to 11-11-11. It was such a powerful and challenging year of change this 2011. Your wonderful support of my art and writing was truly appreciated during 2011. I hope you are enjoying your festive season. I cannot believe it is only two and a half weeks to Christmas.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 3 years ago

  • Dear Ushna thank you for featuring 11.11.11 in your beautiful group C.O.R.E.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 3 years ago

    Wildwomenlove thank you for the favourite of 11.11.11.

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago

    fantastic work !!!

  • Thank you so much my friend Guendalyn.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Rnz0
    Rnz0over 3 years ago

    make change to keep up with change; modernism was? to see, or for the sightless, feel, hear taste, touch…yes sense, and there is no longer the “other.” you’ve been touched deeply this last year, all your years really; and you grow. inspiring ;D (love to you)

  • Lace thank you so much for your insightful thought feedback on my writing 11.11.11. Yes 2011 has touched deep and has been a year of great change. I hope it has been a good year for you and you are enjoying the festive season. Your comments are always so inspiring. Thank you so much for your support of my writing and art Lace.

    – Anthea Slade

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 3 years ago

    I would call it…Revolution in Essential Goddness too.
    We can learn…we can read..we can see…our species is here because of Love..or reunion, of worriness about others…and not because there is a lotery to play with.
    I know that my Life depends right now in the dancing figures, words and images behind the glass screen..but the streets are full…crowded with passing by hearts….that go to different places, to share different places…to drink, work, dance, enjoy and pray in different places.
    The Revolution in Kindness starts right now, when we look ourselves in mirrors that need not lights to reflect on..and these are inside of our Soul.
    I am…what the other is..and the Other is because I am. No separation. Our destinies with faults and virtues are the same for all…and the conecction is even If I do not want it to be.
    I am sure that the evolution is deeper than the re-volution where all in the end are going to the same place where they emerged, for they are based in feelings and ideas. And they create images that wish, and yearn for a Mother-Father womb. So they end….as they began. But evolution is Love is action….and the roads are not trevelled yet…they belong to uncertainties and insecureness…they belong to the Future…and all we know that it does not exists…and that it is always getting farther and farther, evasive and joking to us….like our own Ego.
    Rosa (great writing, Anthea….from the begining to the end…)

  • Thank you my lovely Friend Rosa for your wonderful wise and sensitive response to my writing on 11.11.11. I enjoy so much reading your deep thinking and the way you engage and respond to my writing. Your responses are a gift that cherish so much as I do your wonderful friendship. Have a lovely week and thank you for accepting my writing in Nirvana.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Ann Morgan
    Ann Morganover 3 years ago


  • Ann Morgan thank you for featuring 11.11.11 in Who Are You To Judge?

    – Anthea Slade

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