Separating the Wheat from the Chaff ... or... REAL from the Fake
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On the first day of 2017, an email arrived from our friend Vic with the attached image above.
We had never seen this painting The Chaff Cutter by David Teniers ("The Younger") before and were immediately awestruck. David Teniers the Younger (15 December 1610 – 25 April 1690) was a Flemish artist born in Antwerp, the son of David Teniers the Elder. Producing over two thousand paintings, David Teniers the Younger was honoured as one of the greatest painters in Europe during his time.
Our friend Vic, encouraged us here at Thrasher's Wheat to keep on "separating the wheat from the chaff".
Well, Vic, we plan to continue to separate the wheat from the chaff. Or the REAL from the Fake. Or The Truth from the Lie.
So, behold if you will, the literal visualization of separating the wheat from the chaff. (We would like to suggest opening up the above image full size in a separate window in order to examine the painting's rich details.)
Since 1996. 20 years and still going. And our little claim to fame has still gone unchallenged, debunked or declared "fake". Again, The Truth. We take no special honor or priviledge in being more often consistently right than the so called "experts". We only ask that everyone, please use full disCERNment at all times.
Teniers the Younger's "The Chaff-cutter" depicts a scene of 17th century peasant life. From Dulwich Picture Gallery:
The man is cutting straw into fine pieces (known as chaff, which is commonly used as fodder for livestock) most likely for the white horse in the picture. A saddle bag on the ground indicates that this is a working horse, and that the man may have just returned from a journey on horseback. The horse is already grazing on some hay. We see chicken, a key source of sustenance for the peasants, wandering around in the foreground. Birds nesting in the dovecote may have been kept for their flesh and eggs. Teniers was known for his paintings of peasant scenes and this is an example of an illustration of rural life, highlighting the strong interdependence between man and beast.
Properly speaking, "David "The Younger" Teniers is the last representative of the great Flemish traditions of the 17th century."
So what exactly might any of this wheat and chaff stuff have to do with anything at all -- much less on a Neil Young music blog?
Well, if you have a moment for some rambling readings that meander and thrash about here and there, then here you go. Down the rabbit hole... into the Land of OZ ... on through the looking glass matrix...
- The Illusion of The Matrix Shatters: Corruption, Fake News & The Big Shift
- Sooner of later it all get REAL.
And -- if you want to really wild and crazy -- we can heartily recommend this website on Antique Farm Tools and an excellent discussion on chaff cutting tools. Because everyone knows you can never have too many wheat harvesters...
Such is the synchronicity of Thrasher's Wheat. (Thanks Vic! We promise to keep it all REAL.)
Matthew 3:11-12 - "As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. "His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and *He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."