Blog: When did the word equal here become monochromatic?

Christine Alfery

Posted on November 19 2020

Blog: When did the word equal here become monochromatic?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  United States Constitution.

When did the word equal here become monochromatic? 

“Equality, in a human context, is a political term: it means equality before the law, the equality of fundamental, inalienable rights which every man possesses by virtue of his birth as a human being, and which may not be infringed or abrogated by man-man institutions, such as title of nobility or the division of men into castes, established by law, with special privileges granted to some and denied to others.” Ayn Rand. 

Today equality means metaphysical equality – subjective attributes that all can be put on a level playing field.  All things can be painted all one color – to match the other.  Subjective equality of personal attributes and virtues, does not take into the fact that individuals are born with a natural endowments and nor the fact that individuals can make choices, individuals can create, produce, perform, and develop their own individual character that can never be monochromatic.  Today equality is the fighting against all things natural, “reality” and putting in the place of the power and naturalness of all things natural - man-made institutions. Within these man-made institutions comes the normalcy – or using the same color to paint all things – making them monochromatic.  Nothing is normal, no one is monochromatic – everything is abnormal.  Everything is one of a kind – which is why I paint originals, and conceptual abstractions.

When first began to paint with watercolors again – all my paintings were monochromatic – monochromatic paintings are much easier to control.  Now after years of painting – I look for natural things, like contrast, differences in shapes, differences in balance, differences in color – because that is the way things are and that is what makes life very interesting, and filling.  

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