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Lucidity at the Arlington
updated: Oct 07, 2013, 12:20 PM
By Robert Bernstein
Lucidity at the Arlington Theater last Friday was an attempt to capture some of
the art and culture of the Lucidity Festival that has been held at Live Oak
Campground the past two years.
And the Lucidity Festival is the latest in a series of "Transformational
Festivals" with Burning Man being the largest and most famous example.
Here are my photos from
the Friday event.
Transformational Festivals are intended not only for personal growth and
transformation. They are also intended to be a model and a workshop for
transforming the greater society into one that is more sustainable, democratic
Tribal Convergence creator Jamaica Stevens gave the keynote speech explaining
this concept. She said that instead of getting involved in national politics we
should work locally to make our own communities more sustainable. She quoted
Goethe: "Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will
She invited people to ask questions and I claimed that she only has half the
story and is missing an essential half.
I made a parallel with the people of Central America in the 1980s. At that time
Reagan was supporting brutal dictatorships and death squads that were making
life impossible for ordinary people in El Salvador, for example.
The people of El Salvador did as Stevens recommended. The people occupied vast
regions of the country and set up their own local governments with their own
schools, hospitals and other vital services.
However, at the same time, the people of El Salvador also were working
politically and militarily to take control of the national government. It took
many years, but they eventually succeeded. The point being that you have to do
both: Make local changes. But also work for national and global control and
The Tea Party got this. Occupy did not.
Otherwise you are fulfilling the ideals of Reaganism and of corporations like
Monsanto. Monsanto would love if activists just spent all day working their
organic farms and left them free to do their corporate dirty work across the
And the whole message of Reaganism is that ordinary people should not expect
anything from government. Ordinary people should survive on their own... and let
government serve the needs of corporations and militarism.
Stevens smiled and thanked me. She told the audience, "This is why we need to
listen and learn from our elders."
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