Archives for the month of: April, 2011

Do we ever debate anything anymore? I think we used to have reasoned debate among elected officials (i.e., different philosophies trying to solve the same problem), but now it seems they only hurl insults at each other and argue (i.e., trying to convince another your point of view is right!) with no intention of changing their own position.

When was the last time you persuaded someone to change his or her position or consider a new idea? How’d you do it?

Something Else:  The reviews for Three Viewings are in, and they’re great. Come form your own opinion about this fascinating play running at Illusion now through May 14. (And see if you can persuade a friend to join you.) For tickets, call 612-339-4944 or click here.

Are we loosing our sense of humor (assuming we ever had one)?
Has our over sensitivity to political correctness crippled our ability to laugh at ourselves?
Is satire a useful form of commentary anymore? What was the last satiric moment you laughed at? Are irony and sarcasm the replacement for satire?

Something Else: “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.  I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”  ~Kurt Vonnegut

Is there life after death? One reference in the Judea-Christian world comes from the book of Daniel:

“Many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, other to reproaches, to everlasting abhorrence.”  Daniel 12:2

Other philosophies talk about reincarnation, which is believed to occur when, after the death of the body, the soul or spirit comes back to life in a newborn body. It’s a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions (Hinduism, Sikhism; Buddhism) The idea was also fundamental to some Greek philosophers and their religions as well as other world religions, such as Druidism. It is also found in many small-scale societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.

So, this idea of something after death and our impulse to put beliefs and rituals in place around it has been a part of being human for a long, long time.

Do you believe in any of these concepts? Does it even occur to you to think about it? And what does the instinct tell us about our fight or flight responses? Is one more wired into us than the other?

Something else:
Three Viewings opens Friday night at Illusion and is set in a funeral home at three different services. When you see the play, you’ll see it is essentially about love—another one of those primal human emotions or states of being. Three Viewings is very funny and touching and filled with observations that we can all connect with.  I think it is wonderfully clever of the playwright, Jeff Hatcher, to use the funeral home as the venue for three stories about different kinds of love.  It got me thinking about how stories and memories and moments of love happen in the oddest places. Please come check out the play and let me know what you think not only about the play, but also about the connections it makes and about what it says about the question: Is there life after death?

Why do we cry? Do we cry for joy or for sorrow? Is there a difference in the kind of tears? I heard that there are some people (mostly men, I think) who cry at funny things — kind of the “I laughed so hard I cried”  kind of cry except that they skip the “I laughed so hard” part and go right to the crying.  Do you cry for joy or for sorrow?

Something Else:  Some observations on tears
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.  ~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
To weep is to make less the depth of grief.  ~William Shakespeare, King Henry the Sixth
What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.  ~Jewish Proverb