The idea of permanence imbues feelings of safety and security.
Stability, durability, endurance, constancy – these words allow us to indulge in long-term planning and undertake big dreams that will happen sometime in the future. The assumption of indefinite unchangeability suggests that we have time enough for everything because what is today, will surely be here tomorrow.
Tomorrows are fresh starts and they chose their own destinies. All we are given is a reasonable expectation or likelihood of what may, or may not, occur.
For all our supposed need for permanence, however, what lies within us is something far more profound – the need to explore, to experience the extraordinary, to live big lives. Now, in the present. Not in the opaque and unknown future.
One thing that remains steadfast is our desire for community, for belonging, for a place to call home.
#ChalkTalks – a student project by CityStudio “made by us, for you” appeared in the afternoon and left the same evening.
Thomas Merton, in No Man is an Island, wrote, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” That thought came to mind when I walked under a bridge and experienced this remarkable temporary art installation.
Within a few hours, the crowds dispersed, and the music stopped. By morning, all that remained were a few chalk messages left on cement walls. And yet, what these students said through art, remains with those who experienced the moment.
Perhaps that is the only permanence we need.