POSTPONED: Ghosts & Rough Gods & Dark Road Dreams: A Daylong Teaching
April 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
For genuine citizens of a sombre hour
The day is for pondering community making and contending well with hopelessness, for conjuring a land-aware, conscious life and for learning grief without grievance, for making matrimony and love and beauty and wisdom, and for doing the business of citizenship in strange days.
GHOSTS AND ROUGH GODS AND DARK ROAD DREAMS
As predicted, the kids are coming downtown from the psychic suburbs now, looking for a good time, looking for something like a tribe to belong to, looking for someone to blame. They are driven there by a sense that it might be too late now, that nobody seems to know but them that the sky is falling. There’s not much that surprises. Older people around them feel impugned or distracted or paralyzed, feel shamed by the darkening sky, feel left behind. Merchants of hope are active, naturally. Misanthropy is the street drug of the Anthropocene. So is safety.
The stakes are high when people assemble now. The mark of citizenship in a strange time is the willingness to be sorrowed aloud, and to carry yourself as if the kids are watching, the not-yet-born kind. Not what’s in it for you: what’s asked of you. That’s what radicalized citizenship has become: The willingness to proceed as if what’s happening is happening. But translating that: that’s the poetry of now. That’s the goods.
There will come a time when the current undoings will be undone, and those people in those times will be on the other side of us and our example. They’ll decide who we were, what we did, whether we bore them in mind at all. We could end up as the cautionary tale they’ll never want to be, or we could be a shard from an old chalice that has trace elements of a very fine wine, the rumour of a nobility that rose when the time came. We’ll continue to take from them, or we’ll leave some scent of ordinary courage in the teeth of an extraordinary storm, something they might yet believe in. We will be someone’s ancestors.
This session will have those people and those times in mind. It is for genuine citizens of strange times. It will be given over pondering community making and contending well with hopelessness, to conjuring a land-aware, conscious life and to learning grief without grievance, to making matrimony and love and beauty and wisdom, and to doing the business of citizenship in strange days.