Last year I saw a “Renaissance” movie about the Dalai Lama and the interviewer asked him what people can do to promote world peace and nonviolence. He reflected a moment and said “Have more festivals.”
I was shocked at the response and so was my friend viewing the movie as well. Of course we assumed he would say “practice nonviolent behavior, join a peace group and demonstrate, write to the world leaders”, etc. But no, he said he thought people needed to spend more joyful time together at festivals, parties, fiestas, etc.
Spreading this sense of community and togetherness on a local scale is somehow about world peace. Because if you are enjoying each other’s company at an event, then you likely won’t be fighting and causing trouble and pain. I guess that’s what his Holiness meant.
This is why I want to focus on community events in Tucson, on people and organizations that are bringing people together in cooperation and fun, not in conflict.
I spent years practicing law where all I saw was conflict: warring litigants, frustrated judges, angry enforcement people, separated families. I still see that now somewhat as a Hearing Officer in Small Claims Court (the people’s court).
But building and maintaining community is the focus of my blogsite, and what I hope to focus on for this new online version of the Tucson Citizen.