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Another Cup of Tea

by Juli Cady Ryan

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Art: Another Cup of Tea by Artist Juli Cady Ryan
My art is usually more on the cheerful or positive side, but like most artists, the times we live in can affect what we paint. This painting has a subtle story playing out that reflects the extremes in our society that have been playing out for a long time, but is now much worse. The lion represents the rich and the powerful who have become even more outrageously wealthy. The raven is the religious, who sit on their book of words, but don’t follow those words. They go along with those in power, even when they go against the very words they preach. The lamb represents people who follow and don’t question what they believe, despite facts to the contrary, even when they are hurting themselves in the process. The fox looking on represents those in government that are not standing up for laws and norms. They don’t have the citizens’ best interest at heart, not even those who support them. They benefit from the lion, so they are willing participants. The rabbit is the citizen who has been informed about the dire situation, but either doesn’t want to get involved or is afraid to do or say anything. If it doesn’t affect them, why create trouble? Finding it distasteful but not enough to do anything. The rooster represents the people sounding the alarms— concerned citizens and truth tellers who are speaking out, even when it hurts them. The mouse is ultimately the most vulnerable in our society. All this chaos and greed affects them most. Everyone claims to be helping them but it never gets done. Can this situation be changed? Of course. That is the positive in this story.The ending can always be changed. As long as we don’t just go along and have another cup of tea.

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