Leaps and Bounds

Last night I saw an amazing one-woman show called Leaps and Bounds, offered by The Affording Hope Project (http://www.affordinghopeproject.org); it was a beautiful, joyful, living creation myth played out on stage, and in the audience. Weaving together pieces of several cultures’ creation myths, as well as ideas about ecology and economics (and how we’ve been sold a bill of goods about scarcity which causes us to hoard).   Tevyn East offered us an opportunity to change our minds, right there and then, about how our future will play out. Ms. East is touring the country; don’t miss this chance to see and support this beautiful and hopeful show.

This idea of hoarding reminds me of an experience I had several years ago at a small but very popular cafeteria: At lunch, management put out a sign asking people not to save seats for themselves and, indeed, when people followed this request, the turnover was such that, just as you got to the end of the line and turned to look for a seat, someone was leaving. But if one person decided to save themselves a seat, out of the fear that there wouldn’t be one for them when they were ready to sit down, then the system broke down, and people started having to stand around, holding their trays, waiting for someone to get up and leave.

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