That We Can Be Better In It
8/20/13, Day 13, 622: The Penultimate Somewhere Safer
This day is so named because yesterday was the penultimate performance of Somewhere Safer, and because I love the word penultimate, sounding as it somehow does more lofty than the actual word of finality. To honor that penultimacy, I share with you one of the many lines I love from Lauren’s play:
ADAM: Let me ask you as simple, dumb question: do you believe the world can be better? That we can be better in it? If you do, then why isn’t every moment of your life devoted to that?
The sincerity of the line is given shadow by the identity of the speaker (can’t tell you why without spoilers), by the context of the scene (he shares the stage with someone of a similar willingness to use extreme means to achieve moral ends, only from the opposite side of the political spectrum) and through that qualifier–“That we can be better in it?”
Because if nothing else, we can be better in it, can’t we? So why isn’t every moment of our lives devoted to that? And by we, I mostly mean me, which is a wonderful segue to…
What small things did I do yesterday, 8/20, to help build the Honeycomb?
- I submitted a public comment telling the Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard to block the construction of the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas facility.
- I acted in Somewhere Safer.
- I asked John Kerry to order the State Department to redo its study of the Keystone XL pipeline.
- I ate vegetarian, including veggies from our local, organic CSA.
- I asked the NRA to reconsider their opposition to reducing the use of toxic lead bullets (the U.S. Army is making the switch to non-toxic ammunition, so this should be a doable shift).
- I composted, and created no additional direct food waste from plastic bags, plastic bottles, or any other wasteful packaging.
Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…
Writing: 6 out of the last 8 days
Yoga: 6 out of the last 8 days
Spanish: 7 out of the last 8 days