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Hikikomori/引きこもり

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‘Hikikomori’ Illustration by Angela Zafiris

After watching a documentary about the Hikikomori in Japan I was inspired to write this post and make a little illustration.

The word ‘Hikikomori’ is a Japanese for a reclusive person or a ‘modern -day hermit’. Usually young people who don’t leave their rooms for up to 6 months or even years. Although there are many people who are reclusive in most countries, it seems to be a big public health issue in Japan, as over half a million Japanese youth are said to be Hikikomori. Social pressure, shyness and depression are all contributing factors to the problem.

Η λέξη «Hikikomori» είναι μια Ιαπωνική λέξη που σημαίνει ένα απομονωμένο άτομο ή ένας «σύγχρονος ερημίτης». Hikikomori είναι συνήθως νέοι που δεν εγκαταλείπουν τα δωμάτιά τους για 6 μήνες ή και χρόνια. Αν και υπάρχουν πολλοί άνθρωποι που είναι απομονωμένοι στις περισσότερες χώρες, φαίνεται να είναι ένα μεγάλο ζήτημα δημόσιας υγείας στην Ιαπωνία, καθώς πάνω από μισό εκατομμύριο Ιάπωνες θεωρούνταιι ότι είναι Hikikomori. Η κοινωνική πίεση, η συστολή και η κατάθλιψη αποτελούν όλους τους παράγοντες που συμβάλλουν το πρόβλημα.

 

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Dumbed-Down Society/Κοινωνία Χαμηλού Επιπέδου

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Illustration by Angela Zafiris

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Isaac Asimov

“Η πιο θλιβερή πτυχή της ζωής είναι ότι η επιστήμη συγκεντρώνει γνώσεις ταχύτερα από ό, τι η κοινωνία συγκεντρώνει τη σοφία.” Ισακ Ασιμοβ

False Positivity/Ψεύτικη Θετικότητα

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A carefree woman walking to her doom. Illustration by Angela Zafiris

“In our day and age, global society has been saturated with the wrong teaching of false positivity. The denial of darkness never equates the abundance of light. And the denial of your actual character never equates to the reality of your best character. People today are afraid to work on themselves and on their actual realities, they believe that outward appearances are enough. Outward appearances have become everything in our current day and age. People don’t see what they are actually like, nor who they actually are, in reality. They live in a phantasmic version of reality. It has to stop. In the phantasmic version of reality, there is no chance to experience true love, true goodness, and true metamorphosis. The caterpillar does not become a butterfly by telling everybody it has wings. It actually buries itself in darkness and grows those wings.”
C. JoyBell C.

Survival/Επιβίωση

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Illustration with paper ‘Survival’ by Angela Zafiris

A woman surfaces from the dark waves and reflects a lightning bolt that is about to strike her.

This life only has meaning when we give it meaning. Some say it’s wonderful. Others call it a journey. But, we can’t ignore the basic fact that life was, is and will always be about survival.

Μια γυναίκα ξαναεμφανίζεται από τα σκοτεινά κύματα και αντικατοπτρίζει μια αστραπή που πρόκειται να την χτυπήσει.

Αυτή η Ζωή έχει νόημα μόνο όταν τις δίνουμε νόημα. Κάποιοι λένε ότι είναι υπέροχη. Μερικοί τη αποκαλούν ταξίδι. Αλλά, δεν μπορούμε να αγνοήσουμε το βασικό γεγονός ότι η ζωή ήταν, είναι και θα είναι πάντα θέμα επιβίωσης.

Shoot For The Moon/Πυροβολείτε το Φεγγάρι

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Shoot for the moon = to ask for the best or most you could hope for.
Τραβήξτε (Πυροβολείτε) για το φεγγάρι = να ζητήσετε το καλύτερο ή το μεγαλύτερο που θα μπορούσατε να ελπίζετε.
‘It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.’ Aristotle
«Κατά τις πιο σκοτεινές στιγμές μας πρέπει να επικεντρωθούμε να βλέπουμε το φως». Αριστοτέλης

Envisioning Success/Οραματίζοντας την Επιτυχία

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‘Success’ handmade collage by Angela Zafiris

My collage is inspired by the meaning of success and especially what it means to people in most countries in our modern society.

I think that it looks like an unintentional vision board 😉

In the past I made myself a vision board-why not? It’s fun, I have my magazines, and you can be as creative as you want to be with your vision board. Although I am not a huge believer in ‘manifesting'( as the new age gurus like to call it) because I think that life is more complicated than that. As the old proverb says ‘man makes plans and God laughs’. Yup very true!

Are we the masters of our fate? Or are we slaves of our fate? Perhaps a bit of both? Who can know for sure?

But, I think about the future and how it would be an interesting thing to look at when one gets old. Imagine when your are in your nineties (God willing and if the apocalypse doesn’t come!) and you are rummaging through your stuff and you come across your vision board. You become overwhelmed by emotions looking at all the positive images that tell the story of  all the things that you envisioned for yourself.  All the dreams that may or may not have come true. Sad, bitter, happy you decide.

Earthly Treasures/Γη των θησαυρών

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Minimal handmade collage by Angela Zafiris

I didn’t start with a theme when I started playing with random pictures. I had the hand and the silver jug on paper first and the images fueled my imagination and it gave me this result. I think the artwork could be about the environment. It seems very ecological. I started working on this in April and April 22 was earth day, so why not?

Δεν ξεκίνησα με ένα θέμα όταν άρχισα να παίζω με τυχαίες εικόνες. Είχα πρώτα το χέρι και την ασημένια κανάτα σε χαρτί και οι εικόνες τροφοδότησαν τη φαντασία μου και μου έδωσε αυτό το αποτέλεσμα. Νομίζω ότι το έργο τέχνης θα μπορούσε να αφορά το περιβάλλον. Φαίνεται πολύ οικολογικό. Άρχισα να εργάζομαι σε αυτό τον Απρίλιο και στις 22 Απριλίου ήταν ημέρα της γης, ε λοιπόν γιατί όχι;

Creativity & Courage

Day Quote Challenge Day 3

I was nominated by Manuela to participate in the 3 day quote challenge.

Thank you to https://inaloveworld.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this challenge.

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“Creativity Takes Courage”-Henri Matisse

One of my favourite quotes because it is one thing to have an idea or image in your head and another to actually go about bringing it to form. There is a lot of doubt and uncertainty. You will make mistakes.  The result won’t be like you expected, but it is worth a try.

My nominees are: https://sandsoftime10blog.wordpress.com/

https://itrainsinmyheart.wordpress.com/

https://instaology.com/