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Sade Andria “Phoenix” Zabala: The Interview

Sade Andria “Phoenix” Zabala: The Interview

Who is Sade Andria Zabala? There is no simple answer and that is what fascinated me about this poet and writer. She writes with a ferocity that cuts at times but always impacts meaningfully. She imaginatively places words next to each other and somehow digs […]

BERLINSTYLE by Raws

BERLINSTYLE by Raws

Is graffiti art? You can walk through any city around the world and encounter it all the time. On buildings, trains, bridges, etc. The fact that we even have to ask this question demonstrates the controversy. Some hate it, others love it, but at the […]

The Art of Words by Novita Wijaya

The Art of Words by Novita Wijaya

From the beginning, The Heart and Mind has always stressed the diversity of art. Art is not just paintings in a gallery. It is not just to be admired from afar. Art is life in all of its complexities and intricacies. We want this community to support one another, regardless of discipline or distance between us. We all want the same thing, which is to impact the lives of people with the work that we do. So let us paint, write, sing, rap, shoot, draw until we make this little blue dot a better place to live.

Novita Wijaya
https://www.instagram.com/novitawjya/
Medan, INDONESIA

Anthropomorphism by Jared Robinson

Anthropomorphism by Jared Robinson

In 1987 when I was 8 years old, I created my very first paintings named “Pooh Bear on a train track with some honey by a window”. Since then, my art has developed through self-education, some formal education, and life experience. I like to take […]

Somber Brilliance by Dominik Koppen

Somber Brilliance by Dominik Koppen

We walk out of our homes each day without much thought about our well-being (at least in the West). We get into our cars and expect that we will reach our destination safely. We cross the street without much thought about what could happen if […]

Poems of Introspection by Frances Ivy

Poems of Introspection by Frances Ivy

Painting by Zohreh Valiary

Why do you cry

over lost freedom

when the only chains

you’re caught in

are the ones

you locked yourself

Frances Ivy

Image by Victor Hernandez

I will whisper to you

words of honey

I will make your soul blossom

even when winter falls around us

And I will carry your seeds

in my safest chamber

Frances Ivy

Image by Dan Hunter

Undo my hair

then

let me rest

Leave the window

half-open,

please

Then go

I have been brave

for so very long

but now

I will crumble

just for a little

while

Frances Ivy

Image by Katy Mendez

I may not be much for you

to look at

but at least

I’m pretty

inside

Frances Ivy

Image by David Hernández

Give me your pain,

all of your sorrows

Fold them neatly –

Then

hand them over

I have suffered so much

already

I can take a little more

Frances Ivy

Frances Ivy
https://www.instagram.com/byfrancesivy/
Stockholm, SWEDEN

Note: featured painting by Zohreh Valiary

From Musician to Photographer and Beyond

From Musician to Photographer and Beyond

Art: whether in sound, word or visually has always attracted my attention. As a small boy, I loved to draw and paint. Growing up I always had music around me; in my parent´s car or more often on my walkman. As a teenager, I began […]

A World of Wonder by Niels Tichelaar

A World of Wonder by Niels Tichelaar

At the end of our lives, many of us will have one of two regrets: I wish I had spent more time with family and friends; 2. I wish I had done more traveling. Traveling is far more than about taking beautiful pictures in new […]

The Beauty of the Human Form by Ryan Morse

The Beauty of the Human Form by Ryan Morse

Artist Ryan Morse creates art not to inform the community, preach religion or change political views on the world. The artwork he creates serves one sole purpose, to display the beauty of the human form through his visual lens. His art conveys that there is beauty everywhere you just have to pay attention long enough to appreciate it. What inspires Ryan to keep creating art comes mainly from the people and artists around him and a literal obsession with creating art.

Ryan Morse
https://www.instagram.com/morse_illustration/
Denver, USA

Forget the Politics, This City is Worth a Visit

Forget the Politics, This City is Worth a Visit

Although we’ve made huge progress through the development of technology and science, there is one area that sees little advancement. That is in the area of understanding and mutual respect. We continue to perpetuate fear and mistrust towards people who either look or think differently […]

Discover This Hidden Gem in Germany

Discover This Hidden Gem in Germany

My name is Marvin Schweer and I come from Steinhude, Germany. I started taking photos with a DSLR back in August of 2015. Photography had inspired me before but up until then, I had only taken photos with my mobile phone. At first, I mostly photographed our […]

Can Anything be Done about the Inequality in the World?

Can Anything be Done about the Inequality in the World?

Can anything be done about the inequality in the world or are we doomed as a species to continue to oppress the weak, the poor, the less fortunate?

If you look at the general development of the last couple centuries, you might become really frightened. The rich are getting richer and the proportion of poor people is growing from century to century. The gap between rich and poor is continually widening.

The wealthy elite of society has tried to expand their wealth and hoard it. Many of us believe that the ideal life is not only to be financially independent but to accumulate great wealth. In a free market economy, there are no real limits to increasing our wealth to an immeasurable amount. Moreover, most countries do not provide any protection for the poor and vulnerable as they are detrimental to the economic and social rise of a country.

The greed of the few is more important than the suffering of the many.

Innocence

I offer a two-part opinion on the subject. On the one hand, this is just a drop on a hot stone because the few development aid projects around the planet cannot entirely resolve issues that are perpetrated by a rising population and a growing gap between rich and poor. So, if nothing world-changing happens, our species will continue as usual, if not worse. There will be greater uprisings and unrests, as people become conscious of the injustices due to the modern advantages of the Internet.

On the other hand, every effort to do good and to combat injustice is a step in the right direction. In the age of the Internet, the lore of good can spread around the world within days or even hours. Thus, it is only necessary to have the right person, the right positive leader who can stimulate the whole world to think and act better. Personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela achieved huge success within their lifetimes. Today, such personalities could reach more people in less time. So there is a chance that our species will develop towards a different state of mind about inequality.

Mother Theresa once said, “we ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”


Julius Henne is a voracious traveler and nature seeker. Follow him on Instagram or Facebook.

Note: featured images by Katy Mendez


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