I was at an art fair, and I was showing my new zine to some people. A group of kids stopped to ask me, “What does ‘Transcendent’ mean?” I smiled and said, “In the business of rising above.” They nodded in satisfaction with my response and continued their day.
Just to be sure we’re on the same page, here are some defintions of transcendent:
1. beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience.
2. existing apart from and not subject to the limitations of the material universe.
3. universally applicable or significant
(I also know of the philosophy of transcendence, but I’ll save that for another post. Possibly after some soul food and deep reflections on life.)
Basically, I am going to be creating stories and characters while exploring ideas that will help transcend the bullshit, the ordinary, the mundane, the stodgy, the out of control, and anything that prevents us from growing properly. After observing the directions that parts of society have decided to go in, I wanted to do my part by creating art that moves us to a better place. I want to tap into the same vibe that got me into reading fiction and non-fiction when I was a kid. It’s those ideas that proclaim that life can be better when we make it better. Those ideas stuck with me, and I want to share them.
The new website is up now.
– Mr Benja –