FRANCESCA STRINO | Italy
JANUARY — JUNE 2017 FEATURED ARTIST
“Mojave” — Afro Celt Sound System
ZO will feature monthly changing Art, Music and Poetry here. We intend to use the art on these pages in our 12 Hour global SPOKEN WORLD Event.
LET’S FACE IT … The world is a complicated place.
EARTH is extraordinarily magnificent, breathtakingly beautiful, full of incredibly sophisticated, inventive, and very different people … with very different backgrounds … cultures, rules, codes, tastes, skin, hair, ethics, belief systems, perspectives, ad infinitum …
HUMANS LIKE TO DO THINGS OUR OWN WAY … don’t deny it — WE LIKE TO BE ATTRACTIVE … come on, admit it — MOST OF US WANT TO BE LOVED … want a loving family … even if we don’t have one — WE ALL LIKE GOOD FOOD (but what we consider good food is very different all around the world) — WE ALL WANT TO BE ADMIRED FOR SOMETHING (even if we don’t admit it — SOMETIMES — even if that something is bad) …
ZO MAGAZINE is a meeting place for creative souls and is very aware of the international differences and dilemmas that global interaction sometimes presents. We have friends from various parts of the world who are deep thinkers and who have interesting, relevant and educational debates (occasional rants and heated disagreements) flourishing on their own personal web pages. These subjects range from regional politics to world conflicts, religious beliefs, racial and cultural challenges, and a host of other current topics affecting all of us …
— BUT —
… for this publication’s purposes, we are suspending politics, dogma, and those kinds of differences. WE ACCEPT EVERYONE’s art, music, poetry, etc. (even if it is “respectfully” about the subjects we suspend). Our only criteria is subjective — as to what seems to fit our particular style and concepts. As we encounter a world that we know is very complicated, we thought we might try to formulate some workable guidelines that we think might serve to help the world go to a next level of communications. We welcome and would love your respectful comments and suggestions regarding this.
QUESTION: Why are we doing this?
ANSWER: Why not? — we’re dreamers after all . . .
SO HERE IT IS:
GLOBAL ETIQUETTE FOR A NEW WORLD
TRY NOT TO BE VIOLENT. Physically, Emotionally, Psychologically. Don’t shoot, bomb, spit, kick, bully, or viciously insult other people (if you can possibly avoid it). We realize that some insults can be funny, etc.
BE COURTEOUS. Everyone comes from different circumstances and it takes a while to know people. People have different tastes and may not like yours — you may not like theirs. None of us is always right – we are just different. (If possible, try to share your insights and interests – but don’t try to force your way of doing things on others. The cultures of the world are mature – we’ve all been the way we are for a long time and most of us have heard many opposing views.)
TRY NOT TO INDULGE IN HARMFUL ACTIVITIES AROUND OTHERS AND CHILDREN. If you smoke, please do it someplace where other people (and/or children) will not be affected by it. This goes for anything else you may want to do, personally, that might hurt others.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE SOMEONE’s ART, FACE, RACE, BODY SHAPE, ECONOMIC STATUS, RELIGION, ETC., try to respect their right to be who they are. None of us can particularly help where or who they are born as. (We know that there are those who disagree with this and think one’s position in life is the result of some kind of karma – and that’s fine.)
IF YOU ARE VISITING ANOTHER COUNTRY WITH A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE – AT LEAST LEARN TO SAY HELLO, GOODBYE, PLEASE and THANK YOU.
SMILE AT SOMEONE YOU DON’T LIKE OCCASIONALLY.
TRY TO FIND SOMETHING (perhaps just one thing) COMPLIMENTARY ABOUT AN ENEMY and voice this observation on occasion.
TRY TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP, KNOW THAT YOU ARE EXISTENTIALLY LOVED BY MANY — and that you would have hundreds of true friends if the world were different.
BE CALM AND CONFIDENT WHEN SOMEONE INSULTS YOU — if you are able to. Your calmness may diffuse the situation. (Certainly, if you are the one that remains in control, you are the victor in the situation – whether anyone will ever know it or not.)
All sane people in essence want the same things
Love, Food, Shelter, Respect, Safety for Themselves and Family
Humans pressure one another into various legal and illegal — civil and uncivil groups
Governments, municipal authorities, civil departments, schools,
institutions (including religions), gangs
will ALL try to pressure you into a kind of “Group Think”
Sincerely held belief systems are wonderful growth tools
but if your group espouses harming others — think deeper
YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL
Treat others like you would want to be treated
Hold on to your individuality — it has been created for a purpose!
Share goodness and love with your creative gift whenever you can
TRY TO PROMOTE REASON and RESPECT FOR ALL LIFE
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