ART APPRECIATION: HOW ART, ACTIVISM, TRAUMA MANAGEMENT, AND RELIGION SETS THE STAGE FOR THIS CHURCH

 

Art, Activism, Trauma Management, and Religion are all areas covered by what some refer to as the humanities in college coursework.  Sources:

 https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/a/activist-art

https://www.ted.com/playlists/476/powerful_art_activism

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/artists-as-activists-purs_b_11783614

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/spiritual-wisdom-secular-times/201712/spirituality-and-art

https://www.benedictinecenter.org/art-as-spiritual-practice/

https://study.com/academy/lesson/connecting-literature-to-other-art-forms.html (Literature IS Art)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/well/how-i-used-art-to-get-through-trauma.html

https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/military/helping-vets-with-ptsd-through-the-power-of-comedy/351874787

That being said, in trying to determine how to address what I and many others consider to be a threat to public health and safety in terms of fraud, human trafficking, and cults, I basically did exactly what the government does in many ways though with more freedom because as a civilian different protocols apply to time management.  So, I established a means of public accountability with assistance from many friends and allies that is the HEAL Mission Watch-List.  I accept "enrollments" to the watch-list sometimes solely on the word of a former dissatisfied client or multiple clients without consulting the parties to be enrolled for their side before placement because I take the dissatisfied clients at their word as fellow survivors of institutionalized abuse similar to the way the programs themselves take youth in on the word of other adults without a court order even though in physical material world terms that's technically illegal and that's the art of the watch-list.  It's a virtual representation of the injustice experienced by the victims of the programs populating the watch-list visited upon the programs themselves in a virtual way to hopefully give them an experiential learning experience through artful criticism. 

And, to prove I'm not a hypocrite I meet the recommended "Honesty In Marketing" Standards.  And, anyone populating the watch-list who chooses to meet those standards too, will make their levels and be recognized with my permission to use "Our program meets HEAL/COPE Ministries' Honesty In Marketing Standards".  And, those who fail to do so, will not be graduating, but, may find themselves sooner or later in the virtual cemetery.  And, while you may not see the humor in that, many of us who've actually lost friends or loved ones to frauds, human traffickers, and institutionalized abuse resulting in wrongful deaths, do find the humor in it comforting where for any reason justice wasn't served another way.  (To better understand, see http://www.churchofphilosophicalexploration.church/research.pdf)

And, as stated on the homepage, laughter is the best medicine.  So, art is a big part of my church's spiritual practice and being a Protestant, activism is a built in component.  Exposing false prophets is how we do the Monster Mash (up).

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