One can fall in love with a magazine. With a passion for its attempt to trust its writers, edit lightly to allow for varied opinion, and its invaluable outlook inherited from the twentieth century pragmatic philosophers in Chicago. A time when America had philosophers everyone with an interest in American power and how it would be wielded, read and discussed. When alternative opinions were valued.
It is not hard to find either good writers or deep readers in the USA, it never has been. But the element of the population that thinks it knows all it will ever need to know, has spread to use modern media as a conduit to shout so loud, it is their agenda that occupies everyday discussion.
Their voices have been heard as far afield as in the UK, Hungary, Brazil and Slovakia. In such a politically fascist maelstrom it is a comfort to find places to write and be read; where you are certain the conversation flows with respect for thought and is not partisan, or bigoted or infected with the many elements of small-minded thinking that places ego above community, pits individual against individual as if it was a law of life and had no measure of that most precious of all human attributes: peace.
We now know, biodiversity is essential for natural environments to thrive and continue to sustain all life. So too, human diversity of thinking with its challenges and joys, inherent mutual respect and imparting of knowledge so that individual experience can be shared, is vital if we are to fight our way out of the limiting, valueless system of vanity that economics has become. Conversation has created all we know of civilized values; the lack of conversation has created all we know of conflict.
So we here, at the New Art Examiner delight in the questions. We are on a journey which has no ending; we assume nothing; we expect dangers, intellectual or otherwise. Should these fascists and neo-Nazis take over more countries, and should they rise to abuse free-thinkers, historians, artists and contrary opinions as they always do, the spark that is originality will be as needed as a life-saving medicine.
We have been here before, we know how it works. We can see millions of people losing their sense of where their thinking leads or more frighteningly, not caring.
So we will continue to be a place of thinkers who love the discussion because ultimately we know only from our discussions and those of others like us, comes a future of co-existence.
Daniel Nanavati / Lily Kostrzewa