Part of the reason to read a book or watch a movie is the opportunity of being transported into another world or experience. So there I was listening to people’s thoughts about 3 movies, we had just experienced, and soon there after I was boarding an airplane for another city. I felt a bit as though I needed an air traffic controller because my thoughts were on so many runways at the same time.
The movies were about boldly and with new eyes looking at change and how people have to wrestle with new information which transports their belief systems. One was the historic depiction of the struggle to know what is the right action and to act and change the whole belief system of a society. The next was an artist taking film though various mediums to show how the human story is such a minimalistic part of the change process; yet it flows within the spectrum of all of life in service and in pursuit of change. One could experience the transportation through the visual, or musical, or human story of the artist’s rendering.
The third story transformed one into the realm of how scary life can be; one entered a “ghost story” and felt the need to run away. The film maker did not present this old tale as a muckraking adventure but as a compilation of all the pieces of a life changed by disaster thus allowing the human spirit to emerge and old beliefs to be deleted.
Those thoughts and words are tumbling through my being as I fly away to another place and present events. I have come to see 100 Graduate students being honored for their distinguished work and service. There are 36,000 students attending this University and these few are being recognized for their outstanding efforts in bringing about knowledge and change to their communities. They are being recognized for their efforts, thoughts, struggles and service and yet they are being asked to VOTE and be thankful for their opportunity, to demonstrate gratitude by keeping higher education opportunities open to this society; to show the world that we know education is the key to a successful evolution and for continued growth and striving for our ideals.
80,000 students were turned away for lack of funding.
Education is in the realm of the public it is not limited for the privileged, the wealthy, and the corporate few.
I have to take a walk to allow my thinking to coalesce and to integrate. I explore another neighborhood by taking a train and a bus and navigating up and down, through the park, and asking directions, until I discover myself to be at the heart of a foment of change in the 1960s. Here I stand, and it seems plain and ordinary, with vintage clothing stores and shops that are only made fresh by the bloom of the planter boxes, the new vegetables displayed at the market, and the fresh paint and solar panels on the Victorian Ladies of the side streets.
We are asked to take pictures of other visitors exploring this corner of change and struggle – that moment of time that transformed.
I am worn out from all the walking and only regain my energy with applauding for each recipient’s efforts recited and the moment their stick their necks out to receive the Hood. Were these wonderful people changed by their experience were they changed enough to transform their corner of our globe, will this moment transform me and will I be grateful?
Will I be left hoping others will transport me?
How’s your week going? Are you feeling the change, are you contemplating your transformations? How have you been transported?
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