One of my heroes, Francisco Varela, gave a talk for 3 hours without notes on, "The necessary pre-conditions for a thought to arise". It took a while for the answer to come and it was, for me, a profound moment - it was merely the SENSE of separation, not actual separation but just the sense of it. It is our thoughts that create the challenge, and our thoughts create the reality we operate within for there is no "outside" when we are captured in our thinking. Artists are amongst our most creative thinkers, and they connect with the ineffable to express their ideas as they translate them into a tangible form through writing, music, painting, film etc., etc. I seem to have read a great deal in this forum about what separates us and less of the constructive what brings us together. We are all unique exceptional talents that have much to offer each other. What is it within that maintains the separation? Like many of you I have been wounded by society, rejected for being different, sometimes violently in ways that hurt inside. Eventually I found that the more I held on to the labels and pain, the less able I became. When I decided to let go of all that and step into the higher reality things changed. If you sense others as enemies they will behave accordingly. See them as possible allies that need help to understand you and things change. So we need to work inside first and then outside to encourage such changes to begin. There are ways to do this, especially for the artistic, use your talent to persuade, What do you personally offer and how would you change to offer it effectively?