Well, well, unwell….

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Well, well, unwell….
by Oxman

Swell, another Executive Director… another prestigious organization not even sending a Thanks, but no thanks sentiment my way. That’s okay… “Fail, fail again, fail again better,” said Beckett. Still, it is worrisome when individuals and groups which bill themselves as socially-conscious segments of society drop the ball so. When they don’t find the heartbeats to discuss the possibilities of moving in solidarity, when they dismiss well-intentioned efforts to contribute unconditionally prematurely, when they fail to nurture socially-conscious enthusiasm.

Particularly in my case. Why? Because I am not your typical volunteer. My activism began when I was very young (1949)… when I watched mob violence reach horrific heights in the midst of Paul Robeson and Pete Seeger et al. at the infamous Peekskill, New York riots. And it was bolstered by the great poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, ardent advocate for Sacco and Vanzetti, at an in person encounter which has never left me… a year later… when I was only seven-years-old.

The point is not that I am better than anyone else. Rather, I would like to underscore that everyone who reaches out to do socially-conscious work in solidarity should be embraced whole-heartedly, so that we make use of our limited resources in that realm. That is the realm of heartbeats I speak of, the realm in which concerned citizens see the face of God.

When Edna spoke to me at her beloved Steepletop in 1950, she recited a few lines from her famous http://www.bartleby.com/131/1.html:

The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky,— 205
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through
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I believe that it’s also highly instructive that the fact that I’ve had personal/meaningful contact with the likes of Robeson and Millay (and many like-minded others) seems not to have produced so much as a double-take among the vast majority I’ve approached, nary a comment. This new, unwell world begs to be tweaked.

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