Apocrypha Now

Apocrypha Now

It always stuck with me, that encouraging phrase of Jesus in the Gospel according to Thomas:

“That light within will save you, if you bring it forth from yourselves.”

In the fifth century AD, the church authorities refused the gnostic Gospels, declaring them apocryphal, so this admonition from Jesus was orphaned, becoming outlaw.
But in our present world of conflicting state decrees, of cyber trashing, of atavistic psychophysical desires, these times in which we feel the profound need to touch and be touched, together with the fear of the consequences of those actions, now more than ever, I feel the resonance of that phrase.

“That light within will save you, if you bring it forth from yourselves.”

The institution outlawed it. But in my opinion this suggestion is crucial, now that orthodoxy is collapsing.
But what does it mean?
For us artists, it simply means practicing our art, art without drawing room manners or commercial considerations. It means saying what we must say, pure and simple, if need be inventing fresh vocabularies for the old, tired ones. It means opening our eyes and looking around, meeting those who share this urge to transcend the law, more than
breaking it.

“That light within will save you, if you bring it forth from yourselves.”

In the case of La Luna, it means we return to our differently abled friends, and meet new ones. Here in the Italian South, like once in the American West, where nothing will grow if you don’t plant it with your own hands, it means getting together outside the law— a loose-knit gang of riders— not to fight, not to protest, but for something much more important: to play.
We are protagonists of our own lives, and the moment has arrived, today more than ever, to celebrate that which we have within.
Here at la Luna, it means finding the other local realities of so-called ‘disability’ to celebrate diversity as only we outlaws can, to bring it into the light.
Opening with the Apocrypha, I can’t but close with the Cowboy, another Evangelical Outlaw.
Kris Kristofferson said: “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose. Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’, but it’s free…”

It seems to me today, we have nothing left to lose. Let us bring forth that which we have
within, and taste freedom.