Archives: Essays

East Meets West: Pope Francis Meets the Dalai Lama

Essay by Luke Foster “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” “Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.” Pope Francis Sometimes when cultures with different values and beliefs meet there is friction, but I can only see good of […]

I am the Dalai Lamas Stray Cat, but I am Trying to Find My Way Home/ The Best Way to be Safe in the World is to Have no Enemies.

Essay by Luke Foster “Whether one is rich or poor, educated, or illiterate, religious, or non-believing, man, or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness, and we all […]

The Compassionate Nature of Vegetarianism

Essay by Luke Foster “No, I’m not a vegetarian. I do eat that way. I actually eat vegan quite a lot. I feel better when I eat that way, and I think there’s been a lot of proof that’s come up over the last however many years, that you can’t deny, I don’t think, that […]

The Fridge System in New York City

Essay by Luke Foster “Having an open mind means learning to add more to our already existing beliefs about affirming dignity of those who are impoverished.” — Terence Lester, I See You While I was in New York in December 2022 I discovered there was a fantastic system where hundreds of cafes in the city had fridges outside […]

Artists are Sensitive

Essay by Luke Foster “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” Edward De Bono I went to the Museum of Contemporary of Art in Sydney today with my friend Birdie and had […]

I Feel Sad

Essay by Luke Foster “Home was never a dream for homeless people as they used to have their homes. Living in a home was their reality. Now we need to help them to find the lost reality – again.” – Munia Khan I caught a train from Casino to Sydney overnight with my friend Birdie […]

Zen and the Art of Surfing

Essay by Luke Foster “I’ve always had a determination to perfect whatever I’m doing. If I can’t do something, I work on it until I figure it out.” Stephanie Gilmore I was beach walking this morning and saw a woman pro surfer on the beach, but I am not sure who it was and only […]

An Essay About Nothing

Essay by Luke Foster “Become totally emptyQuiet the restlessness of the mindOnly then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness.”-Lao Tzu I have been racking my brain while beach walking in the morning the last few days trying to think of something to write about rather than letting it come to me naturally. However, I […]

Video Art

Essay by Luke Foster “I guess I’m quite used to not being understood rather than being understood.” Bjork I have been getting back into video art in the last few years and I mainly perform for the camera and get my videographer/ photographer friend Julie Lowe to document it for me. Last night I watched […]

Literal and Metaphorical Weight Loss and Gain

Essay by Luke Foster “When I was younger, I could eat whatever I wanted, as long as I exercised; or if I didn’t exercise and just watched what I ate, I’d maintain. Well, now I have to do both … I try to tell young people to get in shape now, because it’s easier. If you’re […]

You’re Not a Real Artist Until You Have an Artwork Stolen/ Either Stealing You’re Ideas or Your Actual Artwork

Essay by Luke Foster “Gathering your own reference materials, sketches and using your own imagination is going to help you grow as an artist far more than stealing someone else’s work.” ― Bonnie Hamlin My artist friend Sean Cordeiro said that you’re not a real artist until you have an artwork stolen. Sean had a large Astro […]

Indigenous Rights in Australia / Yothu Yindi

Essay by Luke Foster “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Unknown indigenous author Perhaps it’s a little strange for a white Australian to talk about Aboriginal issues but I have some ideas on the subject. While studying Aboriginal culture at school we only studied about the ancient hunting and gathering lifestyle of […]