Writing at the intersection of family activism , socio-economic history & culture taught me a lot about how the study of history shapes how you see yourself in the world. I learned that the power to change and transform your world is within each and every one of us. We just have to own the power of out personal history and ReWrite a Story that ;eaves this place better than you found it.
Why is this important:
“Study your history and you may define your future.” "“In the age of imitation, many outwardly follow along with things and inwardly fail to clarify their minds. Even if they do great works, they are not ultimate. In general, it is the baseness and vulgarity of the people with whom they associate that makes them that way.
It is like the case of insects: if they gather on an ox, they do not fly more than a few paces; but if they stick to a swift horse, they can chase the wind and pursue the sun, simply because of the superiority of what they cleave to. So students should always chose carefully where they will stay, and always go with good people. Then eventually they can cut off error and bias, approach balance and right and hear true words.”
– Zen Lessons, The Art of Leadership
Solo work at it's best is a historical accounting that you've lived through. It's personal testimony, it's standing up a the AAmtg, it's giving praise in church, it's voicing your opinion at a town hall meeting or a lecture or in class. It's your version of the events from the most unique and deeply personal lense.
If you truly believe you can finish your solo show on your own, try writing down your history. Just make a list of the most memorable events of your life...
Just write....let me know what you end up with...i'm taking questions and solving problems through the end of January.
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