Rat Race


Joined September 2008

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*We teach our young math, write, and read
That they must learn this to succeed
Important only if they lead
Conform their minds from being freed

Imagination once the seed
That teachers strove to plant and feed
Abandoned for lessons of greed
Teach future wealth their only deed

If young are taught this in classroom
Stagnate they will instead of bloom
Their future world will be of doom
Care only what they can consume

It really should be held as sin
A race wear only rats do win
Promote their passions deep within
True happiness will then begin

It’s time our teaching should reform
Teach not that they should all conform
Diversity should be the norm
Valued for not how they perform

Teach compassion and teach care
Teach them not greed, but how to share
Teach what is right, and what is fair
Teach of hope and not despair

Instead plant seed within their mind
Of love and peace and being kind
And when our efforts are combined
A better world they’ll leave behind*

This fractal artwork was inspired while watching a news segment on kids in school and what we are teaching them as being important these days. The emphasis of what they teach our children now is all about making as much money as possible in their future. I see this and it makes me ill, as funding for music and arts programs are continually cut from their budgets. Is this what we really want to teach our children!?… that all that is important in life is how much money you make!. I am thankful that I grew up in a different time with values that put happiness and peace at the forefront of what is important. Thanks Mum and Dad!

We need to take a giant leap backwards, and teach our children that music and art play just as vital a role as the academics geared at making money. The most important lesson that they need to learn in school is to pursue that which gives them joy and happiness… not what gives them money. All the money in the world can not buy happiness.

Teach our children to slow down and take time to ‘smell the roses’ so to speak. Teaching our children only about ways to make more money will only lead to a dispassionate society with greed as it’s core value. What are our educators thinking!!!

This was created in Apophysis. The original is 4800 × 3600 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. The gradient was created in Apomap,a gradient editor commonly used with Apopyhsis. This artwork is difficult to see over the internet, so I have included a couple of detail cutaways below to better give a feeling for the artwork. The first cutaway is of the bottom runners head, and you can see that it is made up of runners as well. The second cutaway shows the trailing arm of the first runner, and you can see that it is also composed of other runners. Runners within runners within runners.

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