The Measure of a Man…or Woman
Humanity may refer to:
The total world population
- Human nature, psychological characteristics that all normal humans have in common
Compassion, altruism, or similar positive aspects of human nature along with aggression, fear, or similar negative aspects
- The human condition, the totality of experience of existing as a human
- The humanities, academic disciplines which study the human condition using analytic, critical, or speculative methods
- The Kingdom of Humanity, a micronation.
- Humanity as one of the six core virtues in the Character Strengths and Virtueshandbook.
The Character Strengths and Virtues (CSV) handbook of human strengths and virtues, by the Values in Action Institute, represents the first attempt on the part of the research community to identify and classify the positive psychological traits of human beings. In the same way that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is used to assess and facilitate research on mental disorders, the CSV is intended to provide a theoretical framework to assist in developing practical applications for positive psychology. The CSV identifies six classes of virtue (i.e. “core virtues”), made up of twenty-four measurable character strengths.
List from the book
The organization of these virtues and strengths in the book is as follows.
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The Revelation Painting
THE REVELATION PAINTING
La Pittura di Rivelazione
Overview: 12 feet tall x 40 feet long utilizing thirty 48″ X 48″ canvases. Twenty canvases are gallery wrapped, highest quality to withstand the test of time, six are custom birch wood, with holes drilled of various sizes and fully functioning doors on the backs. Four canvases are custom birch wood in order to carry the weight of over $140,000.00 of crushed precious and semi precious gemstones. The pearl gates are made from crushed Akoya, Japanese saltwater pearls! The painting incorporates thousands and thousands of dollars worth of highest quality Golden and Liquitex acrylic paints, 24K gold flake and leaf, and complete fiber optics set ups which illuminate God in a way never seen before in fine art. Customized sections of the painting give it the ability to move and bleed (Truth-The Hemorrhage of Pigs!), then returning to its natural state.
The painting initially appears as a religious painting alone, the final book of the bible, Revelation with seven magnificent scenes and sub-scenes labeled in various languages, yet underlying there is another painting of politics and corruption. Within the painting is the ancient and ongoing battle of good v.s evil, mysteries and messages embedded within the artwork which are not readily visible. The making of this painting has spanned nearly 16 years and is estimated to be released 2014-2015. Upon the painting’s release, a stunning revelation will be revealed which ties this painting to current world events which was not discovered until 09/2009. Two other unknown mysteries of Revelation were also uncovered while creating this painting and have been missed throughout history! Please see the blogs for more detailed information about the making of this historical work of art created by one artist, and the photos as they are updated.
Upon the release of The Revelation Painting seven journals will also be released within 2015-2016 which give an unusual first hand look inside the mind of an artist while visualizing and detailing each scene revealing the trials and tribulations of aspects required to make the painting. The Journal of Measures (and Numbers) details not only the transition of moving an idea to giant size, it also covers odd events regarding numbers associated with the painting. The Journal of Sketches reveals artwork from the conceptual stages and beyond. The stones used in the painting are discussed in a journal named: The Stones, and Truth-The Hemorrhage of Pigs! talks about the section of the painting which bleeds.
Within The Journal of Acknowledgement participants are given an opportunity to express information to the world! World-wide exposure to the arts in many regions dealing personally to obtain supplies for this historical painting. My endeavor is to help bring knowledge around the globe of not only the beauty of arts all over the world but to help people understand that profound inspiration exist in a world not so far from their own! My first stop…Africa! With global participation in The Revelation Painting for the past twelve years there has been silent participation from all over the globe to complete this work of fine art; what I consider to be a “global effort”. The ultimate endeavor is to bring a sense of unity through visual peace by bringing to light the beauty of natural resources, therefore the people of that region or area. Mysteries of Revelation which have pulled at the threads of many genius human beings are revealed within the painting as well.
Seven journals will accompany this massive work of art. Nothing like this has ever been done in art or the history of mankind! My Creative Influences & Favorite Artists, The Philosophy of the Revelation Painting: Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language distinguished from other ways of addressing fundamental questions (such as mysticism, myth, or the arts) by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word “Philosophy” comes from the Greek φιλοσοφία [philosophia], which literally means “love of wisdom”.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhilosophyAs noted in the definition of philosophy: A simple and profound question to ask yourself is simply, why am I here? The Revelation Painting helps to bring to light an answer to that question by subjecting the viewer to a combination of factors that overlap in the world we live in. In order to see why we are here, we have to see the world around us. There is a significant difference in “seeing” and understanding, it is a global effect. We can look at every single detail but miss the entire forest because of the trees. To understand, for example how the forest survives, you must understand the delicate balance of life but you cannot think that you understand if you do not see the “big” picture, otherwise it is no less than walking around blind with 20/20 vision!
How the problems in the philosophy are addressed throughout The Revelation Painting is approached through certainly what would be termed an unconventional route. Artist throughout history have used their talent to help their audience see life through a perspective very different from what they are accustom. People are attracted to the different view of the world gazing through the artist’s eyes mainly because it is an escape from the world they are used to or literally trapped within. The world of imagination can take anyone as far as they would like to go whether it is by their own hand, or that of an artist. Often times an artist’ endeavor is to connect with the viewer.
Difficulty arises through expression whether it be an idea, placing a shadow correctly within a work of art, or most often bringing an idea to reality. Historically the renowned artists are those who were able to achieve a connection with people through their art and master the difficulties associated, hence the “Masters”. The Revelation Painting’s effort to master difficulties of projecting ideas to vision and within the painting is a core network projecting the delicate balance of life in an unconventional manner. The blogs, journals and information associated with the painting was designed to help the viewer understand the complexity of the unseen network within the forest of this massive painting.
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Self evaluation has been on my mind lately. I am getting old and since I work in healthcare, it is easily seen how diseases eat away at life. Lately I have felt very fatigued which I contribute to smoking too many cigarette really. When I am at home smoking is far more than at work. At work, I smoke 3 cigarettes in 12 hours, maybe 4, but at home, I smoke a pack and sometimes two throughout the day when I am off. Working or not, a carton of cigarettes are smoked a week, sometimes more.
Also, I am heavy, too heavy for a healthy body. Although I do not think my cholesterol is high due to limited red meat intake, I am fat. My job is very stressful. That being said, there is one more thing. I am female and am reaching the age where menopause starts. For a woman, when menopause occurs important hormones end which protect us from heart disease. Since heart disease is prevalent in my family, I now have a higher risk of death!
So I have four critical risk factors that are certainly killers. It is time to make some changes. It would be hell to complete this painting after all these years and fall over dead. Just as I have made plans for this painting, essentially it has taught me a form of discipline by following through on goals in certain timeframes. It is important to make certain goals for extending my life because now, I am a “dead man walking” and I am quite positive that is a fact.
Today I am not painting or working on the journals. I am writing this blog then setting a course for victory against an adversary, what my mother called “the boogeyman”. She told me a long time ago that he was after me which was quite disturbing but I looked at it with the typical: “Yea sure, that happens to other people” attitude. I’ve seen enough to know that if it isn’t you or the guy down the street, it is me…I am the other person.
I used to be quite athletic. I was the pitcher for my softball team, used to run like the wind and was the fullback on the soccer team. I won the trophy in high school for arm wrestling and beating everyone, male and female. I was the greatest tomboy and fearless. Not to admit to ever breaking the law, I could say that one time “I dreamt of driving a car 168 miles an hour”…;) That would have been a foolish thing to do. There is a value on life and today I will acknowledge it.
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Worked a little on the pale horse and provided him with a coat of translucent green; a green wash-according to the Aramaic bible and the original translation from Jesus’ language. I was going to paint a skeleton rider since the his name is death but quickly found he need more research and pre-sketching. I put that section up for now.
I went back to the sky and highlighted it to match a little better in its transition from light to dark. I began work on the Locust over six years ago. It is difficult to work on them by hanging the canvas on the wall, I have to stand on a step stool and the detail of their faces is hard to focus on when your feet are not well grounded. I will have to take it down for that work.
Thinking about what was originally named The Woman and the Beast which is actually Babylon, I decided to rename that scene to Babylon. I had not thought much about this scene, had not really sketched it or measured it. I have decided to use a form of art I used to use quite often for the making of Babylon. I will have to work out some kinks.
I used to paint murals on the walls in apartments I lived in. I spent a lot of time and money on those really beautiful works of art, then I would move and leave them behind. The last few I painted took up the entire largest wall in the living rooms. I had mastered them so that it had the illusion that you could walk into it. Most were cities-big sparkling cities.
The windows were made from rhinestone which sparkled day and night. They really added a lot to just sitting in the room. I had found myself in the middle of watching television, starring into the city instead. The most attractive rhinestone were the rich, dark colors of Emerald, Red, and the rich, dark golds. Sometimes the corners of the rooms would transition to forest and work around the room.
Once the forest were done, I would place real trees in big, colorful pots in strategic places to make you feel as though you were sitting in a rainforest looking at the city in the distance. That kind of art is good for the soul and leaves the imagination free. If I had every gotten settled, I planned to have Macaws for my forest. I fancied the Green Wing and Hyacinth.
That is the one thing about art. If you dream it, you can create it. I dreamt of a fantasy place that does not exist (as far as I know), and I created it as I envisioned it. Art is wonderful for just that purpose. Once I lived where the steps going upstairs were suspended on poles and through the steps I painted a huge, colorful, cartoon snake with big, playful eyes…he was great.
There are 3 murals on the walls of a critical care unit that I painted with nature sounds piped in. That is a nice effect! I painted them 7-8 years ago and now and then I call to see if they are still there. It would be interesting to see how many people felt that those murals inspired their health and wellness in any way. I once wanted to travel all over painting “healing” murals. Maybe someday…
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