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Shelter Within The Storm: a dialog on politics and culture

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Shelter Within The Storm: a dialog on politics and culture

By Phil Rockstroh, John Steppling, and Hiroyuki Hamada,

Phil Rockstroh: I awoke, in our family's flat in Munich, Germany, lashed and buffeted by thoughts of massive, Climate Change-strengthened storms, and jotted down the musings below, and then was seized by thoughts of the means terrifying storms, storms that deliver the vast, monstrous message of the indifferent, terrible fury of nature's compensatory response to human hubris also serve to deliver, by necessity, one back to the humbling imperative of collectivity. Thus I thought I would sent my thoughts to my friends, playwright and essayist John Steppling and artist and essayist Hiroyuki Hamada, both online, and, in graced moments, in the flesh, face to human face friends and comrades, to solicit their thoughts on the subject. -- Phil Rockstroh:

My own will begin the dialog:

Great storms were, to Rilke, the metaphoric fodder of angels personified:

"What we choose to fight is so tiny!

What fights with us is so great.

If only we would let ourselves be dominated

as things do by some immense storm,

we would become strong too, and not need names."

Harvey and Irma et. al. should be regarded as such storms.

"When we win it's with small things,

and the triumph itself makes us small.

What is extraordinary and eternal

does not want to be bent by us."

Taking shelter within the storm
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