File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 316

Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 22:22:27 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] politics affects puppeteers

As Wavy Gravy says: "When you lose your sense of humor, it's just not funny anymore."

On Sept. 24, 2005, at 6:52 PM, Gregory Ballora wrote:
What a shame that the accident seems to have broken
your sense of humor as well.
Greg Ballora

The Wavy Gravy line is one of my favorites.
I didn't wanna misquote it so I googled it and it took me to: 
A site that has Thirteen Tips for the Accidental Ambassador - or - How to Be an Ethical Traveler  more or less!

And tip # 7) CURB YOUR ANGER, AND CULTIVATE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. Anger is a real issue for westerners  even the Dalai Lama remarks on this. It's perversely satisfying, but it never earns the respect of locals, or defuses a bad situation. A light touch  and a sense of cosmic perspective  are infinitely more useful. As Wavy Gravy says: "When you lose your sense of humor, it's just not funny anymore."

I think that quote speaks to so many of the recent discussions of the USA, people visiting the country and politics and to the messages of those who wish to limit discussion and opinion

I mostly lurk, posting only now and then. I so appreciate puptcrit. I have observed that I have yet to see one single thread that does not have a political dimension. For better or for worse, politics infects, infuses and inserts itself into every single element of life. That might be unpleasant, but denial & fear are not functional or healthy or useful methods to mediate it.

I used to use a lot of Celastic. I loved the wonderful qualities of Celastic. And I hated the dangerous and unhealthy elements of Celastic. Now Celastic is no longer made. That reality can be looked at in a number of different ways. Scientifically. Culturally. Spiritually. Ecumenically. And yes, politically. Those who pretend that discussing, informing or debating elements of puppetry can be devoid of scientific, cultural, spiritual, economic, or political elements and considerations are simply narrowing their frames of reference. Which is fine. As long as they do not impose their habits of though on anyone else. Accidentally reading something that you disagree with or do not understand need not threaten anyone, unless they are hideously unsure of their own opinions and understandings.

"The arts are political, whether they like it or not"
       - Peter Schumann 

When the S.F. Mime troupe did their outdoor touring commedia inspired version of "L'Amant Militaire" they put a puppet stage off to the left of the commedia stage and assigned the most radical and politically charged lines to the puppet, "Punch the Red".

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