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Dancing To A Minor Key 2384 by WayneBenedet Dancing To A Minor Key 2384 by WayneBenedet
Historically, the monastic movement played a significant role in the development of our society by preserving historical records and maintaining mans knowledge.  Monasteries, like islands in seas of ignorance became places where knowledge was housed.   It was not always used, but it was at least collected.  Even today some of the oldest and best records of man's past are contained in Monastery historical records.

This way of life, and even the appreciation for it, has for the most part become irrelevant in our modern world.  There are still pockets around our globe where people continue the monastic movement, but for the most part, especially in Europe and North America, the movement seems to be dying out.

This is a Trappist Monk from the Monastery in Holland Manitoba.  I had the pleasure of visitng this group last weekend while on a field trip with a class.  In meeting with and speaking to the Monks, one of the things that struck me was that each of them that I met, seemed joyful.  There was a peace and happiness to their lives that most of us in our modern busyness, don't seem to have. 

It struck me that they had no real concern about the future of their movement, even though it is likely to end in the near future.  New members have not joined this group in many years, and the remaining members of this order are all getting quite old.

I really cannot place a value judgement on the movement.  But the current state of affairs reminds me of other upheavals in sociery where  massive changes and diplacements have ocurred, some things are always lost and others are gained.  In the final results, some of what is lost impoverishes us, but some of what is gained enriches us.  So perhaps the balance in life is maintained and it is for this reason, that the Monks do not seem concerned about the future.
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schlangenkraft Featured By Owner 6 days ago
From a single monastery one can rebuild a civilization. It's like a compressed version of our society and culture.
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laurentroy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Nice portraiture (maybe a bit blurry on the face, but we all know about low light in churches....) :-)

Makes me think about one of mines :
Roman Basilica of St Julien 11 by laurentroy ;-)
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beniek Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I really like what you said about the role of monasteries in the society and I agree.

I think the problem is that nowadays we are very influenced by XIX and XX century view on medieval times and its philosophy (witch is false in many issues). Also there are many atheists who postulate to outlaw any religion in the world to prevent people from danger. And As far as I understand that they may have much to complain about religions I don't understand the point of saying that they are the root of all evil, because in my opinion usually they are helpful to people and culture and it would be very sad if they would disappear.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I think religions are a mixed blessing, just like everything else.  Almost every religion I am aware of has its good points and its bad.  Sometimes they have had very bad periods where they have done more harm than good.  I think the values that religions hold, point to truths that are far greater than us.  Unfortunately, religions are managed by men, and as we all make mistakes, it is no wonder that religions like all movements make mistakes.

In my mind, it is important to take the good that is offered, and to leave the bad.  There really is no other option.  I don't think there will ever be the possibility of "outlawing" religion.  It has been part of man's journey for as far back as we are aware.  The practice may change with the times, but the possibility of actually "outlawing" a belief in something greater than man, seems to me, to be an impossibility.
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beniek Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I also think so.
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Boias Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Nice , at first , it looked like a realistic painting , good photography !
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
thanks
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Boias Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
That photo is asking to be painted . (if only  I had the skills to do it) , I wish I could !
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
you can always try.... skills develop....
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Boias Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Maybe I´ll try to paint it  one of this days !
But I´m sure that  I can´t create that atmosphere and awesomeness showed on that photo .
Thanks so much !
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Artlune Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Great Photo!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
thanks
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Artlune Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're Welcome!
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ancoben Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Beautiful and I like the calm concentration on his face
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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Beautiful, inspirational portrait. :love:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Thanks Penny
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Waxing philosophical Wayne, love the light.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
:)
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alimuse Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful photograph, Wayne!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
This is a great shot and it is good that you added its story as well - thanks for sharing it!
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Francular Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Something of Carl Spitzweg - my first thought by looking at the thumbernail. Fantastic job!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
thanks
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I doubt if this dear old monk is playing anything by Dieterich Buxtehude; maybe some Bach, but his devotion ascends in your caring photo.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I am not sure what he was playing, I did not recognize it, but he also sang along.  He played very well.
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
In that case, I doubt it was Bach, but I'm sure he played very well.
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Magical, my friend.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
:) thank you
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glunac Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014   General Artist
The photos is so perfect it looks like this image was captured by a master painter, showing us what life was like in a monastery.
There is a wonderful feel coming though this image.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
thanks Gloria
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glunac Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014   General Artist
You captured something deep in this photo that I cannot describe in words. It is a beautiful piece. Glad you got to spend time with them.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Thanks Gloria.

I get up there every few months usually when I am teaching a course in Holland.  It is a great location that offers many photographic teaching opportunities so I tend to goo there on field trips.
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PeachesandCream0808 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
WayneBenedet.......
" :shrug:Who's   The Man?-:confused:. "      -*Above?-:above:
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":aww:Appreciation  Is  Gladly Welcome:D!"
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" :aww:Hope You Have An Wonderful  Day &  Week:D! "
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"Sixth  Month".    Tenth;~ Two Thousand Fourteen.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
your question is explained in the comments.
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PeachesandCream0808 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
WayneBenedet.......
It Is?   ...    :shrug:How And What~Way ..  Is That?-:confused:.
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"Sixth Month".    Tenth;~Two Thousand Fourteen.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
You asked who this was.  My comments, explain that "This is a Trappist Monk from the Monastery in Holland Manitoba. "
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PeachesandCream0808 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
WayneBenedet.......
:aww:I *:shrug:JUST ASKED:roll:  :|  ~  B\C  .. *:shrug:JUST *CURIOUS :| !    ~-~   THAT'S ALL!~:shrug:.   :D  -[ :roll: ]-.   :|  .
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think we lose more than we gain...
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I debate that in my head David going back and forth.  I think of the upheavals in the industrial age.  It was very bad for some people, mainly the poor, but without that development, our current world would not be possible.   This is only one example that strikes me, but I am sure that I could think of many many more. 

I think we have a tendency to romanticize the past, (certainly I do) to see it as a gentler, kinder time.  But often, the past was not gentle or kind at all, rather it was brutal and people suffered.

So I really don't know if change is better or worse.  Maybe it is better for some and worse for others, and maybe if one takes a very long view, it is better or worse in the end.  Maybe change is just change, and there is not way to place an accurate value judgement on it because our lives and the development of out societies are just too complex.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In that sense progress is good. and we gain.. mine was more of an open ended opinion that  with all our new technology and information..it could all disappear in a blink following something like a solar storm that fries the electronic world... and in the old way.. knowledge was stored in many places for centuries..and it was unlikely that one event could wipe it all out at once...
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
very true David.
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
WOW!!! they just want to enjoy life & not worry what would happen tomorrow... impressive piece of info! interesting! thanks! 
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I think it is more than enjoying life Dave.  Rather, I think it is a life of service, that we no longer understand.  It is the way of life that brings joy, but joy is not the goal.
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
yup... 
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
wise words and wonderful portrait of a moment in time
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
thank you Sophia
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
My Pleasure Wayne but you are welcome
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