A Moment With Don


Some days it feels like we live in a world gone crazy!

Are we more connected than ever and saying less in a digital age of diminishing resources and consolidation?  The sounds of people screaming resonate in my dreams as I hear machine gun fire or the sounds of buildings collapsing from under stress. I wonder if a large-scale crisis whether from terrorism, a financial crash, or a catastrophic climate-related event could provide the pretext to declare a state of emergency where the usual rules no longer apply as Naomi Klein suggests. What happens if communication, media and our art, as well as some communities, are forced underground? Has the message been lost because we are too busy or to the fear of capitalism and tyrants who routinely reduce funding, destroy art, censor, burn books, harass painters, journalists, professors, playwrights and authors? Could it happen here? Are we systematically suffocating these voices in a world distracted by capitalism, climate change, racism and socioeconomic struggle? If so, what then is medias role? What is the role of our Roundhouse? If Sally Armstrong is right “that there is no such thing as an innocent bystander”, what then is my role, and what is yours?


Don Shafer
"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So, go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you." L.R. Knost