Yes, the world needs angels, the human kind who are tied with powerful roots to the earth and its creatures, the kind that uses wings not to fly but to cast a comforting mantle of love over the suffering.
It surprised me a bit that my next paintings in the Roots and Wings series have been of angels, until I remembered that this is what painters and other artists do when we are having the emotions of the world running through our dream bodies. We image our way through them, blindly at first, until something gets down on paper where we can look at it.
Thich Nhat Hanh in a message to friends in Japan said, “An event such as this [recent earthquake/tsunami] reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.“
We can become the human angels.