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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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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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