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Daze of our lives...

All sorts of nonsense happens in the course of the day... good, bad, indifferent... whatever. Thoughts spring to mind, shit happens, things work out, but often don't... usually I have no idea of what's going to happen beforehand and perhaps its better that way. Anyway, just a little of what's going on and a way of clearing my mind... Read on at your own risk.

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OK, not all that much to tell... just a slightly insane, very tired but reasonably perceptive guy who's life is filled with "why's" and never knowing why...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Post 747

I was going to post a blathingly long post on personal commiserations, things that were bothering me, what's been happening and/or the absence thereof... things that suck but which aren't helpful in the long run...

In one moment, I see that this is my 747th post on my blog, which deserves a totally different twist to which I'd intended :P

When I was a child, the Boeing 747 was probably the summum of aviation technology... introduced at the end of the 1960's the airplane and its successors are still important forces on the aviation scene...


In Australia, the QANTAS people decided to give an added dimension to the 747 phenomenon... during the years, it had become fashionable to restyle the planes in whatever ways necessary for gratuitous national profiling and they decided to repaint three of their 747's to represent some of the core values of the Aboriginal population of Australia...


Wunala Dreaming

Varying themes and different colour schemes were used to promote the messages of the Dreamtime, the Aboriginal way of describing the different reality which exists alongside the perceived and accepted modes of daily existence.


Nalanji Dreaming

As a child, even though I was a child of the immigrant newcomers, I was brought up in a strictly Anglo-Saxon tradition and although I lived in a country where the native and traditional values were ridiculed when compared to "Modern Progress", I always sensed there was a value and a truth beneath the surface that we newcomers were unable or unwilling to understand.

We read the stories, but failed to comprehend, we learned of the traditions spanning millenia past but failed to see them for what they were worth because the messages passed on were of a world and time totally beyond our own.


Yananji Dreaming

The giants that rule the air, returning to remind of us of our own insignificance, redecorated in ways which we would do well to heed, to remember that we belong to the earth and that we have no claim to this planet of ours besides the fact that it gave birth to us and to which we will return in our own time...

It's sad, a message I need to keep on repeating to myself, lest I forget...

Keep well...

4 Comments:

zilla said...

You've touched my heart, here.

I often forget you're an Aussie living in a strange land, until these reminders come up.

I have loved Native American lore ever since I studied it, quite by accident, when I took an early American literature class years ago which began with the oral history of the First Nation. Then, quite by accident, I met and interviewed for a magazine article, a wonderful Native American artist, a couple of years after that.

As you know, Aborigine art sings to me, too. (Mr Z is now looking over my shoulder, saying, "I've actually seen one of those planes!")

"...we would do well to heed, to remember that we belong to the earth and that we have no claim to this planet of ours besides the fact that it gave birth to us and to which we will return in our own time..."

Amen, Bart. Love this post! We'd do well to re-orient those of our own heritage to the teachings of those who inhabited our lands before we came along.

20 September, 2006 02:05  
Alina said...

Loved the post and its photos. We do sometimes tend to keep away from things that would actually enrich our experience and would give us an amazing new view on the world and ourselves.

As for the original post you intended, if those things are still bothering you, we are here to listen. Yet I hope they don't anymore or that they'll stop soon.

20 September, 2006 06:08  
Hasan Mubarak said...

Qantas has done this spectacular job along with many other major carriers including Thai Airways and All Nippon Airways. The later one, in fact, painted a whole 747 in Pokemon theme!

I've got great admiration for Boeing 747, though, it's now shared with Airbus A380.

And I would like to say that we don't have any claim on earth coz we 'are' the earth. We're made up of it and, in the end, going to get dissolved in it!

20 September, 2006 23:18  
Atyllah said...

"we would do well to heed, to remember that we belong to the earth and that we have no claim to this planet of ours besides the fact that it gave birth to us and to which we will return in our own time..."
Oh yes, so well said, Bart.
We would also do well to remember our role as custodians and that we also belong to the heavens. Would that we could achieve our balance between heaven and earth and remember that we are a part of a much greater whole.

21 September, 2006 10:59  

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