O is for Ominous

We are living through some ominous times around the world.  If it's not a terrorist attack, a mass shooting, or other heinous act of violence, it is politicians (and their supporters) spreading bigotry and racism with their spiteful words.  I've even heard some people fearfully say that these are signs of the end of the world.

Orar (Pray) - Vignette
iPhone 6S Shot
Our Beautiful World: OBW 143 Books
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Denise & Roger ABC Wednesday - Letter O
I don't know what is causing all these evil acts, but I do believe that people need to stop and think about their words, thoughts and deeds, no matter what their beliefs are.

Nature's Bounty - Haiku
iPhone 6s Shot Edited on Pixelmator
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Gallery 50 {Lush}
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #224
Try It On Tuesday - Spring Mood Board
Kristina's Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #226-227
Haiku My Heart
It is incomprehensible though, since all major world religions, and even atheist and agnostics whom I've met, profess love and peace amongst humanity.

Secretary's Day Gifts - Hand Sanitizer Tag Holder
Tim Holtz Mini Vintage Fan Die & Tissue Tape; Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch, Corner Edger, & Handpunches; Assorted Cardstock; Unibal Air; Sharpies; Memory Makers Mini Stapler; Wire; Jute Twine; Aleene's Tacky Line Roll; and Mini Hand Sanitizer Bottle.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Therefore, all this hatred is coming from humans hiding behind the guise of a "religion" or believe.  No pointing fingers either, because every group has been guilty at one point or another.

Gelli Print Papers; Hand Carved Stamp; Uniball Air; and Sharpies.
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #359
Kristin & Evas's Paint Party Friday - Week 7 Year 6 
I wish I had an immediate solution to end these ominous times.  I don't, but believe we could begin by following the global golden rule, "treat others as one would like others to treat oneself."  I also believe we all need to keep our faith in humanity that we can one day achieve world peace for the sake of our children and the world at large.  Anyway, thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment.  Peace - Paz - Shalom!


Christine said…
beautiful page on Faith Arnoldo...what we need in this world.
Serena Lewis said…
Thanks for sharing your lovely art and photos.

A thought provoking post indeed. I worry about where this world is headed too and I believe nothing much with change until man widens his circle of compassion to include all living, sentient beings. The atrocities going on in this world are not only humans against humans but also humans against animals and the earth itself. Humankind definitely needs to wake up to itself and make the necessary changes before it is too late. :'(
Valerie-Jael said…
Yes, the world is really scary just now, so much hate and greed and corruption all around, sometimes it really makes me speechless. Lovely work again, Arnoldo, and thanks for joining us at TIOT. Have a good week, Valerie
chrissie said…
Thank you for sharing your wonderful art and your post with us at Try it on Tuesday

Love and Peace Chrissie xx
Marjut said…
Lovely! Thank you for joining us at TioT.
Rike said…
It is very good to know, that there are also human people on earth, like on this blog and many other blogs - it is fine to read there - the day becomes sunnier! FAITH - a very intense page, and I like your haiku and tags too!
Gail said…
Inspiring - Lovely array of art work - very lovely!!
Thank you Jesus for giving us Peace
Joyfulartist said…
As I look at history I see that the world has always been a scary place. Always wars and rumors of wars, and every kind of evil. You don't have to look far. God has made a way for peace if only people would see Him and receive Him!
carol l mckenna said…
Lovely post as always ~ love your varied creations ~ Divine!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^
Linda said…
Such a lovely post, thank you so much for sharing!
stefanie stark said…
As I do not want any longer to miss any of your postings, I just became your follower. I appreciate your thoughts very much and it makes me happy to find them here. You have this wonderful ability to find always the perfect words for describing something I also feel but I'm not able to put that into words. also love your artwork with all the lovingly and carefully designed details so much.
Lisabella Russo said…
How beautiful that photo is and how amazing your tags are, they are so gorgeous! Definitely peace and kindness to others is something we should strive for.
Interesting words and artwork!
Beautiful art and some words to reflect upon! What a wonderful post! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx
Hi Arnoldo, loving all your Art work today. I fear the bad things that are happening come down to greed not religion, sometimes it's money, sometimes it's land. You and I have little control over this but if each one of us tries to be a good friend to another person every day maybe the peace will spread. Since I retired from teaching I am able to walk my dogs every day. When I first started walking people would look straight forward and pass without speaking but now there are so many that I talk to that the walk takes twice as long, there are still some people to work on but I am getting there! Have a great week and spread the word. Your friend, Angela x
Unknown said…
Wow, what a fantastic post! I really enjoyed reading your page. Thank you for sharing!
Big Hugs !!
Thanks for joining us at TIOT with this wonderful post and your amazing art Arnoldo!
MelodyK said…
after an ominous day for me.... the last one to visit, befoe turning in, are you...

I'm afraid there are sufficient solutions to solve it...

All we can do is pray for the better, and do the best we can, every moment again and again... to do right to everyone, including ourselves.

Best wishes!!

Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
Indrani said…
Religion with science is acceptable, but religion without science based on superstitious beliefs are dangerous I think. And that is causing more harm today. Great read.
Happy ABCW!
Trubes said…
Optimism is the the only way through the Ominous ugly 'signs of the times'
Arnoldo, hope and prayers for a peaceful solution to calm these fanatics troubled minds, because nobody in their right mind would commit the atrocities that they do!
I like your writing and gorgeous art work, you are truly gifted,
Blessings my friend,
ABCW team.
Barb said…
It's very sad that the world is such a scary place now. I enjoyed looking at your beautiful art work Arnoldo. Thank you for sharing. Barbxx #26
Hi Arnoldo, I know I've been over this week but it is Wednesday so just popped in to say Happy WOYWW, Angela x 25
I whole heartedly agree with you! The golden rule is always best. LOVE the secretary's day gift!!! Awesome!
Sharon Madson said…
Lovely secretary gifts! My hope is in the Lord. I have seen answers to prayer this week! So I keep praying for men's hearts to change, including my own. Have a great Wednesday. #54
Artatag said…
Religion always has been used to suppress people. One thing really makes me sad - that we never learn.
Your artwork is sensitive and beautiful as ever.
Gabriele 53
Sharon said…
I love reading your posts. They are just so thoughtful.

The hand sanitiser tag holders are wonderful. I love your butterfly picture too. It's very Spring-like full of hope and renewal.

Have a great week
Sharon K #49
The Bernie supporters v Hillary supporters were more exhausting than Hillary v Bernie!

CraftygasheadZo said…
Such a poignant and lovely post. Take care Zo xx 35
Lea said…
Dear Arnoldo, I am so glad that I checked back in and found your haiku link for last week... Thank you for opening a window of reflection through your "O" and for such a happy heart in an oh so beautiful garden!
Su-sieee! Mac said…
I like to think that the peaceful and sensible ones are the majority.
sirkkis said…
Your art is always touching and beautiful, Arnold.
Thank you so much for joining us at TioT, too.
Happy PPF and Blessings xx
Giggles said…
So much truth to this wise post. I agree one hundred percent! It's how I was raised and how what I expected from my child too! It's all so heartbreaking! You are making a difference with posts like these!

Hugs Giggles
Your tags are always so beautiful and I love that photo of the butterfly.
It does seem that the world is becoming a darker and darker place to live because of the acts that humans are carrying out whether in the name of one religion or another or for profit and greed or simply because of ignorance and a disconnect to the part they play in the big machine.
The golden rule is something I have always tried to adhere to. I'm not religious but I am spiritual and truly believe that everything in the universe is connected - humans and all sentient beings. I agree entirely with Serena's comment we need to show compassion to all living creatures not just humans.
"Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
-Albert Schweitzer
Faye said…
Your artwork is wonderful, Arnoldo. Your thoughtful words have stirred up some interesting comments. Humans are inherently self-centered beings and it takes real purposeful actions for us to overcome this trait. Most of us do live by the golden rule. It's that minority who want to live by hate that make such a huge difference in the lives of the rest of us.
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
A thoughtful, and beautiful post!
Linda Kunsman said…
So well said Arnoldo! Love those gift holder tags, and the beautiful journal page and quote. Happy PPF!
Anna-Karin said…
This is a beuatiful and thoughtful post Arnoldo, with lovely art work. The golden rule would indeed make a big difference, of all levels of society, from interpersonal to global. Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!!
Neesie said…
Beautiful tags and especially love the butterfly.
It's especially appropriate for today being Earth Day.
I'm beginning to stop watching the news reports because it's all so depressing... not to mention worrying. Where it will all end?
I suppose we just have to have faith in the good and we'll manage to get through this somehow.
Thank you for spreading the word and sharing.
We all need to keep positive. Happy PPF and blessings to you

Bridget Larsen said…
When you look through the generations our forefathers had nothing materialistic but were happy in their own sort of way, as the generations have come there have been more gadgets and technology and we are rich in material things but unhappy in life. Maybe its greed that is making our world so unlivable and unlikable. Food for thought
Bridget #2
Nadya said…
Love your page & quote, Arnoldo, and the tag assemblages are so fun!
I appreciate that so many spiritual paths have a version of the Golden Rule, and SELF love/acceptance is such an important part of the formula. Living with integrity, shifting self-talk to approval, and rippling out, as Angela mentions about her neighborhood walks!
Frances Moore Lappe, in «Hope's Edge» traveled around the would with her daughter, and found that every child could go to bed with a full belly, but politics and distribution overpower ...
Beth Niquette said…
What wonderful words. I feel exactly the same way--thank you for posting this. You said it so much better than I could! :D Lovely work.
rebecca said…
dearest arnoldo,

thank you for speaking out for love. for lighting hearts and lifting souls. for placing more chairs in house of belonging. love. love. love.
DVArtist said…
I love this post. Your thoughts are so true. I know people from every religious groups and they too want and believe in peace and love. These are the people I choose to surround myself with. I include you in the group as well. Blessing to you and your family.
NCSue said…
I can't help but believe that God sheds tears of sorrow to see what has become of the people he created in his image. There are times I"m ashamed of the whole human race, but then I realize that most of the people I meet aren't at all like those who are constantly portrayed in the media. On the other hand we seem to have such an appetite for sensational stories that I have a hard time fixing all the blame on the media.

I'm trying to shut my eyes to the ugliness. My husband thinks I'm in denial, but it's the only way I stay sane.

God bless you
Ariadne said…
I wish I had a solution too. Peace, love and compassion is my answer but the politicians have other interests.
Thanks for sharing in Our Beautiful World!AriadnefromGreece!
Ayala Art said…
So true. We have to pay attention to the children, teach them and make sure they understand that, since they are the next generation that inhabits this poor mistreated planet. Respect is what lets us be together in peace.