*Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group
By Victoria Lynn Hall
The story that Kerri reads above is a much revised and updated version of her original post. This was appropriate to the discussion that followed which largely centered around the concept of the past repeating itself and how we might change this through curiosity, experimentation and reinvention.
Kerri’s mention of the revolutionaries of the 1960s prompted me to share how many of my favorite songs from the late 60s and early 70s seem to have new relevance today, as do the events and sentiments of those times.
This is something that Jesse Crall and I discussed in episode 21 of Ask Jesse where we revisited an interview conducted in 1970 with cultural icon Jim Morrison of The Doors:
Michael, having been a teenager during those times, gave us his insight into what he felt his generation had gotten right and where many of them had gone wrong. Can we blame them for becoming fearful or complacent? Do we judge them for clinging to their comfort? How much of that fear and complacency lives in all of us? How much of our comfort are we willing to sacrifice so that others can know comfort too?
The boomers may have lost their flower power but me and many of my fellow Gen Xers are late bloomers politically. We may have grown up listening to our parents’ or our older siblings’ records and learning about the civil rights and Vietnam war protests in simplified and nostalgic terms as if these were completed missions.
But they were not completed missions. They were defeated or incomplete missions. They were aborted and abandoned missions. They were corrupted and co-opted missions.
When we fell down the rabbit hole we realized that, like Alice, too many of us are still being kept out of the garden. But eventually Alice finds the garden only to realize it was not all it seemed.
Perhaps where generations before us went wrong was seeking or settling for entrance into the well established gardens of the status quo instead of nurturing the new seeds they had planted; seeds of peace, love and community.
And yet that garden still exists as a possibility, as a vision recorded in many of the songs, books and art of that era. Can their flower power fuel a new revolution? Can we open a different door and take the path they didn’t take? Or do we make our own way? Planting seeds along the way for those who follow…
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A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.
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.