Perspective is a precarious perch shuffling about like a wad of paper blowing in a wind storm. Depending on the viewer, it can be as varied as day and night--and all the in betweens of dusk and dawns. A looming example--a palable for instance--my need to locate a reasonably priced space to teach my African Dance class here in Sonoma. Reasonable is the operating perspective word--what is a reasonable price to me is out of perspective of those offering. The common places one would rent for such a class, which is by the way is popular and well attended, all need perspective adjustments--after all they are considered to be available to the public. Public--inclusive of all--hmmm-something suspicious is lurking in that very phrase--especially since Sonoma can be summed up as a town comprised of haves and have nots. I fall into the latter and thus my perspective comes from the ground level.
There is the Community Center, The Vintage House, The Grange Hall--all of which charge $60-$80 bucks per hour. My African Dance class--a class that brings young and old, pink and purple, the sure footed and the klutzs together with live drummers, is for and about the locals in this town. The class does not cater to tourist nor does it exclude those who can not afford the mere ten dollar drop in fee. But that darn perspective keeps wagging it's bony finger in my face. The haves say--community class or not--"We must charge you the full price of the room." I have lived in this town for six years--tried to sew up the divisions through common ground activities such as dance. And for the dancers--it works--they get--their perspectives are at peace. But for those havers--they just don't! Their perspective is always about profit and probablities--their vision is about the size of a small pea. "We can't change the rules" they quip--I ask--"Why?" Why can't you take a ridiculous rule (all of these venues have money pulsing through their halls) and break it. Adjust your perspective--see through eyes other than your own-like walking a mile in another's moccasins.
I wonder of there was a perspect adjustment school that promoted justice--for all. A school that had thousands of perspectives under its skirt--and students had to be fluent in all of them. I wonder--if the world would be a more empathetc place--pulsing with prespectives stuff up the disparity gap letting the little wad of paper land for awhile.
Causes Karen Devaney Supports
Eve Ensler and any organization that deals with issues supporting women and children and the advancement of their education.