What follows is the massively-inspired, half-drunk process of me trying to finally define what “Rebel Zen” means in a slogan …
Rebel Zen: It’s not about being perfect – it’s about being alive.
Exploring what it means to be alive…
Exploring what it means to be human…
… and the Glorious Art of Being Imperfect
Yes! That’s it!
Rebel Zen and the Glorious Art of Being Imperfect!
‘Cos to me that is the point – it is about what it means to be a human – warts and all.
What it feels like to be alive; the search for meaning, for authenticity, what it feels like.
The very thing artists strive to express – musicians, poets, madmen.
Forsaking fantasies of perfection – Zen as in “being here now”, whether that feels good or not.
What it feels like to be a human being, with all the inherent imperfection and beauty and baggage that comes part-and-parcel with it it.
What IT means.
What THIS all means.
Meaning – and the absence of meaning.
The glorious, never-ending, futile, wonderful search for meaning and our compulsion to look forward when it, this, the answers are here now.
But they aren’t here now at all. They are elusive, or we would find already and stop searching.
The continual paradox of apparent meaninglessness coupled with our insatiable desire for meaning.
The Yin and Yang play-off of ‘Meaningless Life’ and ‘Awareness’.
What THIS feels like – and the validity of this experience.
This is what Rebel Zen means to me – if it must be defined – that we live, impermanently, meaninglessly, and that – surely – THIS is okay…
…but somehow it’s not,
….but somehow it is,
…and on and on without resolution …
Without resolution but with an aching wonder, a beauty, a Love…
… a dream.
…. a dream framed by razors and barbed wire
… and then framed again with clouds of forgiveness and Love …
… and on and on and on without resolution.
Until … ?
Yes … I bloody LOVE it … Rebel Zen … is
The Glorious Art of Being Imperfect