The Perfect Gift, tract 2 – Day 1

by julie

I began distributing my second tract today outside Castlecourt Shopping Centre, Belfast. I was nervous having found handing out the first tract for two hours a day more difficult than I thought. I decided ( by making an arbitrary rule as I tend to do) that I would hand out 50 tracts today as a minimum. The city centre was busy with Christmas Shoppers who mostly saw me as an obstacle. I was nudged left and right by people trying to get into the shops and everyone looked very eager to get finished and get home.

I gave away 60 tracts in about an hour which I was  really pleased about. I had no direct nasty comments but one passerby did deliberately take a tract whilst suppressing a laugh only to throw it down around the corner. As far as I could tell only two tracts were dropped on the street though more may have been thrown in one of the many bins that line the main street.

Two passersby had very positive reaction to what they thought the tract was about; one saying “Bless you” the other agreeing without reading beyond the title exclaiming “that really is the best gift, not all the things we buy.” He had made the assumption I was aiming for that The Perfect Gift was Jesus dying on the cross, God’s sacrifice of his Son. Yet on closer inspection, as with the previous tract you would find no mention of religion at all. However at a time when David Cameron claims Britain is a “Christian country” I think it is more important than ever to reclaim morality for anyone non religious who upholds these values without the accountability of an upcoming judgement day.

These tracts are not anti-Religious, there is no twist or hidden jibe. These tracts are simply a collection of stories with religion removed but morality upheld. Each has an echo in the art world beyond the story shared. This tract for me contains my feelings on the art market here, many artists I know trade work with friends, often below value to collect other pieces they could not buy in the recession. But in giving art for art the market becomes smaller and smaller and so loses its usefulness. Again the similarities between religion and art are apparent both have a core audience and beyond them interest is hard to incite or even gauge.

I will be distributing more tracts tomorrow morning in Belfast City Centre if you are in shopping keep a look out for me.