Threats both Real and Imaginary

In Drafts, Hautvoir, Local projects, news coverage, Revision, Sanford Meisner on November 21, 2015 at 8:50 am

After the morning meeting, I spent a lot of time pulling together every scrap of writing done by ten/eleven-year old children in a six-session workshop. Thursday was the fourth. Some of them who swore they couldn’t write down more than their own name couldn’t stop when the bell rang this week. Others who had started writing “lost” their work. One boy looked me straight in the eye and handed back an index card with nothing other than his first name. Almost like one of those I Am (fill in the blank), the slogan that has gone viral as an affirmation of solidarity for victims of the latest reported atrocity.

Well, in his case, the boy seemed to say, I am me and no one else.

Complicated times. Some people were late to the meeting yesterday morning because of another ongoing police raid in the same neighborhood. Fear does strange things to the nicest people. Scape goating is rampant. The meeting served as a time-out. A place to sort through the virtual and the real. The scariest right now: the number of instances where people no longer distinguish between the imaginary world (in which anything goes) and the real one where mutual respect and Thou Shalt Not Kill should serve as more than pretty doilies over bloody acts.

Dealing with real threats – to life, to limbs, to liberties. Dealing with curfews, censorship, what you say, how you say it, to whom and why.

Moving on with those projects that matter most to you. Facing unexpected challenges to the values you cherish the most.

On the way home after the meeting, I walked by the local flower shop. To the side, the florist keeps discarded things on their way to the trash. Found three flowers there, in perfect condition. Brought them home and improvised a vase with a hacked-out bottle of mineral water. Every bit of beauty helps. Every bit of light-heartedness too.

Allez hop.




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