Friday, March 13, 2009

Post-ballet thought (Cinderella)

The pushover/enabling father in Cinderella: the real villain?

"The opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference" -Elie Wiesel

What if you are not indifferent, but you are still inactive. Does the thought absolve you of the indifference rendered in the inaction?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Everyone generates ATP

In The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen writes in a passage about Denise, who is a cook and also feels like an outsider (doesn't everyone?), "Cooks were the mitochondria of humanity; they had their own separate DNA, they floated in a cell and powered it but were not really of it." (p. 379)

I think everyone with a career must feel this way. Because, ultimately, we all have our own individual DNA that directs the way we each "power" the members of humanity. Whether it's by cooking for them, cutting their hair, publishing their books, analyzing their minds, healing their wounds, or teaching their children, isn't EVERYONE a mitochondria of humanity in his or her niche?