This painting reminds me of the “olden days.” Simpler times and uncomplicated people. A time in which I would have loved to have lived. Grow your own veggies and fruits. Hunt your families meat. Make your own clothing. Create from scratch or barter for other of life’s necessities or luxuries. Build your own hooch in the jungle or on the river. Live your life in as simple a manner as possible. I don’t know if it was ever really like that, but, it’s a nice fantasy.
We have made life much too complicated in modern times. We have created Governments to free us and provide security, etc. But! Have we freed ourselves? Are we truly secure? Governments are created and forced on people no matter their preference to have or to not have them. In modern times, the people have grown so dependent on governance that we have no semblance of true independence. No idea of true free will. I don’t know if this is good or bad. What have we as choices in America? Democrats with their independence diminishing entitlements programs and Republicans with their parasitic, blood sucking big business. I’m inclined to believe that both are enemies of the people. Both enemies of freedom and free will. We have allowed our independence for which the founding fathers paid a blood price to be whittled away until it is no more than a mere shadow of it’s former self. We have sold our freedom so that we might shuffle up to the trough of Democratic entitlements or 9-5 slave waging for Big Business. It seems to me at times that we are no more better off than the serfs of the Middle Ages. Certainly, we are fatter and we live longer. But, to what end? To what end.
At any rate, this is my favorite painting of those that I purchased in Vietnam. I bought this in Hanoi in the old French Quarter not too far from the Hanoi Hilton. Hanoi was amazing to me. It was another world. I roamed the streets for hours. Hired both a moto-taxi and a Sampan to tool me around during my two day visit. I took a tour of the infamous Hanoi Hilton with it’s pictures of John McCain and John Kerry. It’s a horror show inside as it was a French Colonial and Vietnamese house of horror and torture. The prison was built by the French Colonial Government and used to hold and interrogate political prisoners until the French withdrawal after their defeat at Dien Bien Phu. The Ho Chi Minh government then took control of it and used it to hold American POWs as well as Vietnamese POWs, political dissidents and others who opposed the communist governement. Only a small part of the oringial compound remains. Still, it is an interesting tour. One can wait in line for an hour or so and view the body of old Uncle Ho. No cameras allowed, though. Take a 15 minute ride on a sampan and view his house and Capital building. Venture over to the War Museum with it’s grotesque displays of human tragedy and war propaganda.
Some of the damage that America wrought 30 years ago in Hanoi is still evident. One can still see the bomb craters here and there around town and in the country side. Even so, the Vietnam people have mostly moved on. Leaving the war behind as best they could and a bit better than we did. I’m sure there are many wounds that are yet to heal. But the people whom I met welcomed me and were generous in their hospitality towards me–the visiting American.
Traveling on the Mekong, one sees women much like this lady washing their hair over the river. Rinsing their hair with a bucket or a bowl. Early in the morning. Sometimes through a foggy haze…it’s quite beautiful. A mesmerizing site.
Something wonderfully peaceful about such a scene to me. I can’t quite explain it.
I got her framed at Deck the Walls in Oxmoor Mall in St Matthews Mall in Louisville, Kentucky. My old Kentucky Home. And she hangs in my parents house while I’m over here in Afghanistan.