May Day - Journal of Omnifarious
May. 5th, 2003
09:15 pm - May Day
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.
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.