By Kerri Romeo
Alice starts asking too many questions about the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon’s lessons. They don’t have answers to her logical sequence of questions so they change the subject and introduce her to a popular dance under the sea called the Lobster Quadrille.
If you ask too many logical questions in our American Wonderland you may find yourself drawn into a dance too. Whether you are watching a politician dance around questions to serious concerns (the crisis at the border, war, fracking, union busting, police violence) or you find yourself turning somersaults as fellow citizens try to pull you into the mainstream media sea, we are all invited to join the dance. Sway with me…
“Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?”Alice in Wonderland, Chapter X
At first, even Alice mistakes the description of the dance to be “a very pretty dance” before being very glad it was over once she sees the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon actually demonstrate.
And if you look deeper into the context of the time it doesn’t seem fun at all. As you read the story of dancing lobsters from the 21st century viewpoint it all looks quite classy. But lobsters were once so abundant that they were the food of the poor and the slaves, not the delicacy of the elite as we know it today. They would have been considered a lower class sea creature. The dance counts on the lower class to line up. The dance would not exist without their obedience.
In further symbolic reflection of class culture, the affluent sea creatures attempt to entice the lesser creatures to join the dance with promises of being close to shore from the other side, with the group think mentality that everyone else is doing it and doesn’t it look delightful (to soar to your own demise)? But don’t worry…the snail may not be the fastest, but is smarter than expected to be.
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.Alice in Wonderland, Chapter X
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Government marketing pulls people in to support what ultimately is dangerous and detrimental to them and furthers the power of the elite few (and sorry, but no that does not include you no matter how much the government wants you to believe you are one of them). They ask citizens to walk a little faster. They promise safety on the shore. They count on celebrities and influencers and even your friends to invite you in. They count on you to line up for the dance.
`I’d have said to the porpoise, “Keep back, please: we don’t want you with us!”‘Alice in Wonderland, Chapter X
The Mock Turtle said: `no wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.’
If you want to dance, if you want to be wise, follow your own wild purpose.
Kerri spends her days as an office administrator for a ballet barre manufacturer and her free time playing frisbee with her dog in NJ. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.