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May Day - Journal of Omnifarious

May. 5th, 2003

09:15 pm - May Day

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I went to the May Day celebration put on Sunday by a local theater company. I was pretty impressed by the performance overall, but some parts of it said political things that bothered me a lot.

They had spirit puppets representing air, plains, river and woods. Some things they took as gifts from these spirits. Food, water, shelter and 'expression'. Other things they had were health care, education, where they didn't have any provider spirits who took the stage.

Those things come from someplace. They require human time and attention to give. If those things are just taken, the people who can provide them will stop being interested in providing them and it will fall apart. Providing those things isn't in the same class of problems as ensuring that we have sufficient environmental resources for human survival in the future, and I strongly resented the conflation of the (in my mind) largely unrelated ideas.

The parade was fantastic. A lot of bright, creative people helped to make it happen. It had a very different feel from the sponsored parades that Minneapolis normally has.

For example, in contrast, the aquatennial feels very forced and 'produced'. It doesn't seem like there's a lot of room for personal expression outside of a rigid framework. I don't enjoy it.

I went to the parade with svairini, maatnofret, yauvanzri, and others. Unsurprisingly, I saw bohemianrapsody there, and someone who looked a lot like pisces3857.

svairini mentioned that the parade must be what it's like the whole time at Burning Man. From what I've read, I think she's right, except I think there's even more freedom of expression. I think I'd like to go to Burning Man some year.

Current Mood: [mood icon] contemplative
Current Music: Alanis Morissette - So Pure

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From:kitchenwitch
Date:May 5th, 2003 07:28 pm (UTC)
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I was sad that the parade wasn't happy. It struck me as pretty ungrateful, on the whole, and so pessimistic. I can't stand pessimism.
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 5th, 2003 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I felt the pessimism was quite warranted. There's not a lot to be grateful for. The past two years have been pretty dismal ones for America.

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From:kitchenwitch
Date:May 5th, 2003 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Pfft. That's all I gotta say.
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From:prettydark
Date:May 5th, 2003 10:22 pm (UTC)
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burning man sounds fabulous. :)
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From:bohemianrapsody
Date:May 6th, 2003 07:26 am (UTC)
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The parade has the same spirit and creativity as Burning Man. Think May Day celebrations for 7 days, multiplied by 100 times the sensory perceptions. That's an inkling of it.
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 6th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)
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That's about what I thought. I also get the feeling that there's a little more technical geekiness at Burning Man.

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