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About the Dark Times

David Boles: Human Meme

Release Date: 03/16/2020

Pandemic Palisade show art Pandemic Palisade

David Boles: Human Meme

We are reaping the whirlwind. The pandemic is upon us and we are flying, seedless, into the horizon with no foundation to root us. Schools are closed. The Palisade is staked. Every step we take is ground zero. We meet a new friend and saw off our arm. Are we there yet? Oh, yes, we are there yet.

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Scenes from a Pandemic show art Scenes from a Pandemic

David Boles: Human Meme

How do we handle a perfectly designed killing machine? The Covid-19 Coronavirus appears to be a unique delivery system intentionally constructed for killing people. How does something so intrinsically effective sustain into being beyond the natural world? How many valves are left for us to turn down? How quickly will "social distancing" become "social retribution?" These are some of the vital questions we ask today of the virus that now rules us. 

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About the Dark Times show art About the Dark Times

David Boles: Human Meme

Will there be singing? We are now living in a time and space in which we did not predict, or choose, and do not want. We are distanced, infected, and alone. Today, we turn to Bertolt Brecht and Emily Dickinson for resolution in the conclusions of our damaged human conflict; and we find ourselves irreparably caught in the drift between the abyss of scientific truth and the sacred heart.

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Global Coronavirus Pandemic show art Global Coronavirus Pandemic

David Boles: Human Meme

We are created to fail. With the rise of the Coronavirus to pandemic levels, we are reminded of a dramatic Public Health Crises scenario where only some of the following people were offered a magic pill to heal their bodies from the plague: a toddler, a soldier, a priest, a grave digger, and a public health worker. Who would you choose to survive the last days with you?

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In the Company of Noise show art In the Company of Noise

David Boles: Human Meme

We run from each other by canceling those we wish not to understand. We are surrounded by concepts, and notions, we cannot abide, and so we cancel the person -- instead of coping with fresh ideas -- by canceling the noise they create around us; but to cancel noise, is to nullify life itself.

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The Caffeine Referral show art The Caffeine Referral

David Boles: Human Meme

We become our addictions. All our lives we race from the aftereffects of caffeine all while running headlong into belonging to that jolt of a manufactured high. Do we owe it to our children to remove the caffeine and sugar temptations before they rot from the inside out?

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The Perverted Professor show art The Perverted Professor

David Boles: Human Meme

It is always not done that a professor seduces a student; but it always does seem to happen. Professors must hold their morality to a higher standard than that of the whims of the body. It is never acceptable for a professor to socialize, or sexualize, the student/teacher relationship. Unfortunately, too much of that brain-to-body trickery is still in play today on college campuses, and the result is the skinning of the student.

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Legally Deaf show art Legally Deaf

David Boles: Human Meme

The Deaf deserve their culture. Is there a legal definition for Deafness in the law that prevents the Deaf from interacting with a real, and not imagined, life? Are there any protections in place for infants, born Deaf, that guarantees them the right to grow into their Deaf culture, and to appreciate their Deaf language, without parental, and medical, intervention to “fix” their “broken” ears into “Hearing” without the consent of the intervened?

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If I Had Google Growing Up show art If I Had Google Growing Up

David Boles: Human Meme

How do we know what we don't know? How do we know what we're missing if we've never been taught what to have? Google solves this problem of access to behavior modeling that many of us, born before the internet, have failed to acknowledge. We had to try and fail everything on our own. Today, kids can build on their successes by using only what has already been proven to work.

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Signing Off show art Signing Off

David Boles: Human Meme

We used to say goodbye; now we're left only with hello. There was a time when the day ended. We threw away the newspaper. We said our nightly prayers before entering sleep. Our radio and TV shows signed off the air and left us with white noise and nothing to do but contemplate the results of our day. What happens to us when we no longer have the escape of turning off while trying to live an alive life? 

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Will there be singing? We are now living in a time and space in which we did not predict, or choose, and do not want. We are distanced, infected, and alone. Today, we turn to Bertolt Brecht and Emily Dickinson for resolution in the conclusions of our damaged human conflict; and we find ourselves irreparably caught in the drift between the abyss of scientific truth and the sacred heart.