Friday, 26 June 2015

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ted witzel's piece, but couldn't help thinking that all of us, sooner or later, arrive at a stage in life in which our cultural construct becomes more or less rooted and fixed. I think it has to do with the amount of life experience that goes into shaping our worldview, until the vast majority of our experiences finally settle us in a belief system which then becomes increasingly rigid and ceases to evolve or grow. Different people get there at different ages. As a young man, I certainly didn't think of myself as any kind of mover or shaker, but over time my values certainly grew and diverged rather sharply from the ones in which I was raised. My contemporaries who WERE movers and shakers have begun to show signs of the fixity of mindset. I certainly see and hear it in the conversations of my gay contemporaries who ask what's wrong with the younger gay generation! It happens to us all, and I'd love to be privy to the inner workings of ted witzel's mind in later years when he realizes it is happening to him too.

    1. Thanks for responding Ken. I do think that having a flexible worldview can become more and more challenging over time - but I also think it's an essential skill for artists to try and sustain that flexibility as best we can: it keeps up our empathy, and helps make us better artists.

      (And on a digression, there's a nice hook in your write-up of Soulpepper's Eurydice that I'll be sharing in the next Ontario Off Stage column in two weeks...)