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Gusto Gräser: Gandhi or Lao Tzu of the West

Poet, painter, pacifist, prophet – Gustav ‘Gusto’ Gräser (1879-1958) actively resisted BAU (Business As Usual) over 100 years ago and inspired a ton of people to think (and do) more laterally.

Introduced to me by Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), who was somewhat of a student of Gusto’s in the early 1900s, both these wonderful men feel like older brothers to me, or uncles maybe who, long ago, walked the treacherous path of non-mainstream existence.

True Status Quo Movers and Shakers in thoughts, words and deeds!

Gusto’s life shines a light on the numerous connections that tie him to other movers and shakers of Europe and the world at the time.

He consistently resisted conscription, lived as a hermit in a cave for years, influenced many famous writers, artists, and was jailed and exiled numerous times for speaking openly about trigger topics such as war, peace, nudity, humility, free love, and the environment.

Today, there is renewed appreciation for his life, work, and sacrifices, highlighting the awesome desire of ‘right doing’in humans on the one hand, and the active, perpetuated crushing of’right doing’ through the nation-, state-, and war machines, serviced by automaton human beings.

Gusto, you are not forgotten! Peace, brother.


Excellent content in English and other languages (photo taken from here): http://www.gusto-graeser.info/


German Links: 

AhimsayamaBlog

Siebenbuerger.de

Merkur.de

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The Art of Solarpunks: Molly Crabapple

There is plenty of art out there that could be “classified” as Solarpunk, but the genre is still so underground that not many identify with it (yet).

So I will introduce some artists who I would love to label as Solarpunks, even though labels don’t usually sit well with me…more on that in future posts. In the context of Solarpunk though, I am more than happy to label and be labelled, and hopefully so will these wonderfully inspiring individuals that presently form the centre of my artivism focus!

Molly Crabapple is not just an amazing visual artist, but also a gutsy journalist, activist and excellent writer. Strength of character, honesty and a healthy sense of humour make her stand out from the pack. Her memoir is a page turner with many meaningful quotes and gorgeous illustrations. Her art is unique, at once beautiful, disturbing, and insightful. She is the example for artivism (activism+art); reviews calling her “a brilliant and principled artist – can’t get much more Solarpunk than that!

In my wildest dreams Molly draws the future by illustrating my novel…

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Images credit to Molly Crabapple @ https://mollycrabapple.com/