Sunday, January 10, 2010

Postal art for Darwin Day

Although I am wary of touting every little mail art call that comes along, given my proclivity for letter-writing for communication's sake and not simply for mailing art (I am more of a writer than an artist, so I'll leave the aforementioned latter to the latter), but I did just see one that tickles me.

Have a gander at Postal art for Darwin Day. The idea is to "send evolution-themed envelopes and postcards to your friends and family on or around February 12th, Charles Darwin’s birthday." I like this theme, and it should be rich with interesting possibilities. The blog post author also welcomes cards to himself, and provides his address, in case you haven't the recipients to which to send them. (Of course MY blog readers have no shortage of a correspondence network, but hey - it should always be expanding... or dare I say, evolving!)

It simply baffles me that there are folks today who don't believe in evolution - to each his own, I suppose, just like it flummoxes me that there are folks who think that gay marriage somehow threatens straight marriage or the fabric of society or any of that stuff. We all have minds and the right to make them up as we see fit, so tra la la. But I for one support the evolution mail art project, and think it's a fun idea.

(The Missive Maven stares thoughtfully out the window and wonders what kind of comments this uncharacteristically political post will garner...)


  1. I agree with everything you said. People spend too much time minding other people's business.

  2. I live in an area where evolution is a dirty word and mention gay marriage and you could get your head blown off. It is the hardest thing about living here. But, attitudes are changing. They change slow, ever so slow.

  3. It's fear, friend. I'm a devout Christian. I believe deeply and freely. I relish the contradictions of my belief and find security and comfort in my faith. Evolution as a theory or fact doesn't bother me and it doesn't cause me to question my faith or fear for my way of life. Nor does the idea of gay folk getting married (I'm on my third try with that institution so I wish them lots of luck on the journey!) cause me particular concern about my own relationship with my wife. But I might be in the minority on all of this among my fellow believers but I also think that minority is growing and the hegemony of the majority is starting to crumble.

  4. I hope Wordherder is right about that majority crumbling.

  5. Change is slow and remember it's always the fringe that is the loudest as we see in so much of our world today. People are afraid. We live in scary times (no, not guys with underwear bombs) that are uncertain. Jobs are disappearing, standards of living are getting crunched. It's easy for fear to drown us and make us turn to our worst most closed off selves. And the majority has never been the majority it thinks it is. It's been loud, it's been forceful and it's gotten a lot of attention. But many are quiet and busy doing the work their faith leads them to do. No time for all that drama. And, more than anything, we've failed to disagree without being disagreeable.