Monday, December 8, 2008

What a Community Needs

"A community needs and depends on three things in order for it to grow, develop and ensure its continuation and existence: Politics, Economics and Culture. These are needed for our selves, our family, our community, our nation, and our race. And if we neglect to provide, sustain, and develop our Politics, Economics and Culture then we will stifle, disintegrate and die."
Malcolm X

Words to live by. This goes back to a discussion we've had earlier in this blog that was inspired by Ben Cameron. Culture and theatre are an essential part of a society. They are what helps to define our self-image and our history; a sort of "national scrapbook." They hold memories of not just thoughts and images, but emotions as well.

If your house burns down, what do you dive into the flames to save - that which will protect and preserve you, yes. But that can be replaced. You save the things that cannot be replaced; the things that have sentimental value and often memories attached like photo albums and heirlooms.

What if the Library of Congress burned down as the great classical library at Alexandria did? What if it were the Smithsonian, the Art Institute in Chicago, or the Met in New York? What would we be rushing to save?

Happy Birthday: George Feydeau (1862-1921)

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