Simplicity

In art, in history man fights his fears, he wants to live forever, he is afraid of death, he wants to work with other men, he wants to live forever.  He is like a child afraid of death.  The child is afraid of death, of darkness, of solitude. Such simple fears behind all the elaborate constructions. Such simple fears as hunger for light, warmth, love.  Such simple fears behind the elaborate constructions of art.  Examine them all gently and quietly through the eyes of a boy.  There is always a human being lonely, a human being afraid, a human being lost, a human being confused.  Concealing and disguising his dependence, his needs, ashamed to say: I am a simple human being in too vast and too complex a world.  Because of all we have discovered about a leaf… it is still a leaf.  Can we relate to a leaf, on a tree, in a park, a simple leaf: green, glistening, sun-bathed or wet, or turning white because the storm is coming.  Like the savage, let us look at the leaf wet or shining with sun, or white with fear of the storm, or silvery in the fog, or listless in too great heat, or falling in the autumn, drying, reborn each year anew.  Learn from the leaf: simplicity.  In spite of all we know about the leaf: its nerve structure phyllome cellular papilla parenchyma stomata venation.  Keep a human relation – leaf, man, woman, child.  In tenderness.  No matter how immense the world, how elaborate, how contradictory, there is always man, woman, child and the leaf.  Humanity makes everything warm and simple.  Humanity.  Let the waters of humanity flow through the abstract city, through abstract art, weeping like rivulets cracking rocky mountains, melting icebergs.  The frozen worlds in empty cages of mobiles where hearts lie exposed like wires in an electric bulb.  Let them burst at the tender touch of a leaf.

-Anais Nin

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