In the words of Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși, “simplicity is complexity, resolved.” In their clarity, these members of The Alpha are the antithesis of the present-day normative consumer. They live close to the land, connected to the pulse of the earth. The Alpha live in a way that advocates positive change and awareness regarding climate change. They promote the use of natural, sustainable fibers and color-free dye – their textiles are made of durable and recyclable fibers. In addition, they utilize fish skins for leather. They wear white and off white hues to demonstrate their values—the palette acts an identifier of sorts and will later become grounds for a movement. They are a society that values community and the use of natural resources around them. The Alpha recognizes the impermanence of all things as an inescapable term, from which nothing on Earth is ever free. When we release identification with form, we simultaneously increase our awareness of the space within which objects exist. In connecting our senses to the stillness, grasping more fully the stage on which we play, consciousness moves through us and inspires the actions we make. As outlined by the Buddha, “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” These metaphysically minded individuals practice the Zen-of-things, marked by non-resistance and acceptance. Youth are raised relating to life’s ups and downs as they come: grounding in the present moment, accepting it as it is, and thus removing oneself from the experience of human drama. Increased presence means higher quality being.A culture of comparison and competition is devalued among the Alpha community and young people are encouraged to seek the goodness and commonality in each other and within themselves. Leading a slowed, simplified existence allows each conscious being the opportunity to remain connected to themselves and to their peers. It is in a state of connectedness that we dissolve the barriers of the ego and reduce the collective insanity on the planet, for finding meaning in life is about more than transcending self, but also rising above the present moment.
The Alpha, Issue no.1 | Team Credits
Photography: Chantelle Dosser
Style: Lindsey Hornyak