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The Power of Imagination

 

Regina Nuttall and Len Nuttall

 

The other evening we saw a play called After the Quake at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.  It was a wonderful performance and a very enjoyable evening.  Although it was mostly light in tone and even funny at times, the play raised some very serious questions.

 

It was about a little girl in Japan who experienced the Kobe earthquake in 1995.  The quake killed over 5000 people and destroyed large sections of the city of Kobe.  Although she and her family were not directly touched by it, they were exposed to a constant barrage of images and news reports that were deeply disturbing to her.  She conjures up the image of a person she calls the Earthquake Man, who appears to her when she tries to sleep at night.  Although it is a dream, she sees him as a real man.

 

 

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 Vaizduots galia

 

Regina Nuttall ir Len Nuttall

 

Prajusi savait ikagos teatre Steppenwolf Theater (spausk ant pavadinimo) irjome spektakl After the Quake.  Tai puikus pastatymas. Neirint iorikai lengvo stiliaus ir irovus juokinani viet (...), pjes kelia labai rimtus klausimus. 

 

Vienas i j apie ma Japonijos mergait, 1995 metais pergyvenusi Kobe ems drebjim. Tuomet uvo vir 5000 moni ir buvo sugriauta didmiesio Kobe dalis.  Nei ji, nei jos eima tiesiogiai nenukentjo, taiau vaikas neiveng alojanio visur rodyt ir publikuot vaizd, naujien reporta poveikio. Jos vaizduotje gim asmuo, pavadintas ems Drebjimo Vyru (Earthquake Man),pasirodantis jai prie nakt, kai stengiasi umigti. Ir nors tai sapnas, ji mato j kaip realiai egzistuojani btyb. 

 

Suaugusieji (scenoje) pasakoja istorijas, mgindami padti mergaitei atsikratyti baims- lygiai t pat tkstanius met dar tvai vairiose alyse, kai isigand vaikai prabusdavo nakt.  Spektaklyje subtiliai, bet tuo paiu ir stipriai isakoma mintis, kad fiziniai pasaulio pavojai toli grau nra tokie pavojingi kaip tie, kuriuos susikuriame savo vaizduotse. Vienas i persona cituoja  Joseph Conrad (dosefkonrad), kad Tikrasis teroras yra tai, k mons jauia vykstant savo vaizduotje.

 

Kiekvien dien matome kaip i nuostata veikia. Geru pavyzdiu galt bti ms nuolatinis dmesys terorizmui. Terorizmo tikslas, sekant i io odio iplaukiania reikme, yra ne tiek udyti, kiek gsdinti. T rugsjo vienuolikt ( 9/11) uvo vir 3,000 moni, taiau ne miri skaiius atak padaro gsdinania. ymiai daugiau moni kas mnes sta JAV keliuose, automobili avarijose.  Tikimyb, kad kur nors i ms praudys terorizmas, labai nedidel. Tai kodl mes terorizmui skiriame nepalyganamai daugiau dmesio, negu keli nelaimms? Esm- supratime. Mes inome kaip vyksta avarija ir suprantame, kad leisdamiesi bet koki kelion automobiliu, turime daugyb ans saugiai pasiekti kelions tiksl. Mes imanome saugaus vairavimo principus. Ir jauiams kontroliuojaniais situacij. 

 

Terorizmas- visai kas kita ir ia mes negalime nieko kontroliuoti. Kakas slepiasi elyje su tonikais kslais. Arba ten nieko nra. Greiiausiai, kad nieko i tikrj nra.  Taiau mes neinome. Terorizmas mums turi nnai egzistuojant poveik todl, kad ateina tarsi i tamsos, tarsi i neinomybs. imtus ir tkstanius met ms protviai gyveno, bijodami tamsos. Dienos viesoje jie mediodavo, naktimis melsdavosi. iuolaikins technologijos pasiekimai suteik mums galimyb kontroliuoti nakt, taiau- kaip ir anksiau-mes vis dar tebebijome emocins ir dvasins tamsos.

 

Didesnei vaik daliai bdingos baims, neturinios jokio ryio su realybe. Antai baubas po lova ar rb spintoje.  Tvai tokiu atveju jungia vies ir parodo jiems, kad jokio baisuoklio ten nra.  Bet tai vaik netikina. Dabar jie ino, kad tvams jus kambar ir jungus vies, ten nebus baubo. Be viesos ir vl lik vieni, jie nebesijauia tuo tikri (kad nra baubo). Kai realyb vaik netikina ir irdami po lova bei matydami vien dulkes jie vaizduojasi mat kak daugiau, tada mes pasakojame jiems istorijas, sekame pasakas- kad padtume nugalti visokias baimes. Mintame spektaklyje mamos draugas maai mergaitei pasakoja ekspromtu kuriam istorij apie Super- Varl (Super-Frog). Jis (varl pjesje vyrikos gimins) igelbsti Tokyo, kur bt sugriovs miliniko dydio kirminas, besirausiantis giliai po emmis. Tokios ries paaikinimas vaikui priimtinas. Kenkjas kirminas nori sunaikinti didmiest, bet geroji varl j (city) igelbsti. 

 

Viena i augimo (tapimo suaugusiu) sudtini dali yra imokti suprasti, kad tokio pobdio baims egzistuoja vien ms vaizduotje. Nra tikro pavojaus, iskyrus t, kur susikuriame patys. Nra jokio kirmino, kuris nori mus sunaikinti. Nra joki dvasi ir vaiduokli, kurie neva nematomi trypioja aplink mus.  Nra Super- Varls, gelbstinios mus. Ir tai i ties nelengva suvokti. Pasaulis kartais ne pati maloniausia vieta. Nepaaikinamai malonu tikti, kad ms problemos kyla ne i  pasaulyje realiai egzistuojani aplinkybi arba ms pai veiksm, bet i mistini jg, siekiani mus asmenikai sueisti. Jeigu viskas blogai klostosi, tai ne ms kalt. Kas imtsi galyntis su kakuo galingesniu negu mes patys? 

 

Maas vaikas mumyse trokta antmogikomis galiomis apdovanoto tio ar mamos, kurie j udegt viesas ir parodyt mums, kad nra baub. Taiau ms fiziniai tvai nebegali ms taip nuraminti. Esame jau pakankamai subrend ir suprantame, kad jie (ms tvai) nra stipresni u mus.  Todl ir imams savo vaizduotje kurti magikus, fantastinius sutvrimus, galinius mus apsaugoti nuo tamsoje tykani pavoj. Mes pasakojame tas istorijas vieni kitiems tarsi vaikai, neperregimai tamsiame mike klaidiojantys aplink stovyklos lau.  Mes vadiname tuos vaizduotse sukurtus sutvrimus ekstrasensais, aikiaregiais, bioenergetikais. Giliai irdyje jauiame, kad visos j galios tra iliuzija, bet tuo paiu nenorime garsiai sakyti. Kai kurie tiki, kad jie patys turi tas galias: gali pasakyti ateit ar igydyti sergant. Aplink tokius spieiasi mons, desperatikai troktantys tikti, jog kakas gali nukauti kirmin; tie mons nesivargina kritikai vertinti toki galios apsireikim.   

 

Labai pavojingas kelias, nes vingiuoja toli nuo tikrovs. Kuo daugiau kurie tiki, kad fiziniai visatos dsniai (tokie kaip gravitacija ir pan.) neturi takos j gyvenimams, tuo ariau beprotybs atsiduria. Jais sekdami (klausydami j, jais tikdami) engiame beprotybs keli. Jis veda mus vis tolyn ir tolyn nuo supratimo kas i tikrj vyksta aplink mus. Turime pavelgti pasaul kritiku, skeptiku vilgsniu, jeigu norime j suprasti. Kiekvienas, tikinjantis jus, kad tik geriau bus jums patiems, jei nematysite, nekelsite klausim, negalvosite savo pai galvomis, i tikrj irdyje nelinki jums gero.

 


(Lithuanian Text)

The Power of Imagination

 

Regina Nuttall and Len Nuttall

 

The other evening we saw a play called After the Quake at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.  It was a wonderful performance and a very enjoyable evening.  Although it was mostly light in tone and even funny at times, the play raised some very serious questions.

 

It was about a little girl in Japan who experienced the Kobe earthquake in 1995.  The quake killed over 5000 people and destroyed large sections of the city of Kobe.  Although she and her family were not directly touched by it, they were exposed to a constant barrage of images and news reports that were deeply disturbing to her.  She conjures up the image of a person she calls the Earthquake Man, who appears to her when she tries to sleep at night.  Although it is a dream, she sees him as a real man.

 

The adults in the play try to calm her fears by telling stories, as parents have done for thousands of years when their children were frightened at night.  The play gently but powerfully makes the point that the physical dangers of the world are not nearly as scary as what we create in our imaginations.  One of the characters quotes Joseph Conrad, where he says true terror is the kind that men feel toward their imagination.

 

This is a principle that we see in action every day.  A good example is the constant attention we pay to terrorism.  The goal of terrorism, as the name clearly states, is not so much to kill, as it is to frighten.  On 9/11 over 3,000 people died, but the number of deaths is not what makes the act so terrible to us.  More than that are killed every month in traffic accidents in the US.  The odds that any one of us will die from an act of terrorism are tiny.  Why do we pay so much more attention to terrorism than to traffic accidents?  Familiarity.  We know how accidents happen and understand that on any given automobile trip, the odds are overwhelming that we will arrive safely at our destination.  We understand the principles of safe driving.  We feel like we have control.

 

Terrorism is different because we dont have control.  There is somebody hiding in the shadows with evil intent.  Or maybe there isnt.  Almost certainly there isnt.  But we dont really know.  Terrorism affects us the way it does because it comes from the darkness, from the unknown.  For hundreds of thousands of years our ancestors lived in fear of the dark.  In the daylight they were hunters; at night they were prey.  The miracles of modern technology have given us control over the night, in a physical sense, but we are still as afraid of emotional and spiritual darkness as we ever were.

 

Most children at times have fears that are not based in reality.  There is a monster under the bed or in the closet.  Their parents can turn on the light and show them that there is nothing scary there.  But they are not convinced.  All they actually know is that when their parents are there and the light is on, there is no monster.  When the light is off and they are alone again, they are not so sure.  When children are not convinced by reality, by looking under the bed and seeing only dust, we tell them stories, fantasies that help them deal with their fears.  In the play, the mothers friend tells the little girl a story about Super-Frog.  He saves Tokyo from destruction by a gigantic worm crawling deep underground.  This is the kind of explanation a child can accept.  The evil worm wants to destroy the city, but the good frog saves it.

 

Part of growing up is learning that this kind of fear exists only in the imagination.  There is no actual danger except what we create for ourselves.  There is no worm that wants to destroy us.  There are no spirits and ghosts invisibly surrounding us.  There is no Super-Frog to save us.  This is often a difficult thing to learn.   The world is a hard place sometimes.  It is strangely satisfying to believe that the problems in our lives are caused, not by circumstances of the world or our own actions, but by forces that want to injure us personally.  If things go badly it isnt really our fault.  These mysterious forces want them to go badly.  Who can fight a thing like that?  They are far more powerful than we are.

 

The small child inside us wants some superhuman parent to come turn the lights on and show us that there are no monsters.  But our own physical parents can no longer do that for us.  We are old enough to recognize that they are no stronger than we are.  We start creating our own fantasies of magical beings that can protect us from the things lurking in the dark.  We tell these stories to each other like children huddled around a campfire in the deep blackness of the forest.  We call these creatures psychics, healers, or prophets.  In our hearts we suspect that their power is all an illusion, but we dont want to be the first to say so.  Some start to believe that they have powers themselves, to tell the future or heal the sick.  The people around them, who desperately want to believe that somebody can fight the worm, dont bother to look critically at these claims of power and shower attention and respect on the one claiming them. 

 

This is a dangerous road to walk because it is not based in reality.  The more someone believes that the physical laws of the universe do not rule their lives, the closer to madness they get.  If we follow them, we follow the road of madness.  It takes us farther and farther away from ever understanding what is really going on around us.  To understand the world we need to look at it with critical and skeptical eyes.  Anybody who tries to tell you that you will be better off not seeing, not questioning, not thinking for yourself does not have your best interests at heart. 

 

 

 

 

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