Fri, Oct 30|
It is time to reread Antigone with its themes of civil disobedience, what it means to be a citizen (and who gets to decide), and inalienable rights about human dignity that resound dramatically in our current society.
Time & Location
Oct 30, 2020, 10:00 AM
About the Event
Antigone was not going to be the next book. With a strong female lead and a good balance of male and female characters it was much lower on the list; however, its themes of civil disobedience, what it means to be a citizen (and who decides), and inalienable rights about human dignity resound dramatically in our current society. It is time to reread Antigone!
The refocused version will remind us that the dismissal and denial of those speaking the truth is not solely the scourge of women. The ancient Greeks wrote and performed tragedies as a means to not live through them. It feels like America and numerous other countries are being sucked into this tragedy and perhaps we should reexamine its meaning.
Civil disobedience is part of the human experience. It has been since the dawn of democracy. Tyrants (even "good" tyrants like Creon) cannot lead us through change without violence, death and self-harm by their people and their government. We need to listen to each other; let go of our pride and fear when we are in the wrong; be accountable and transparent. We need to be merciful and hold onto hope that circumstances can and will change if we persistently speak the truth. We must vote against would-be tyrants whose terror at being proven wrong overwhelms any notion of doing what is right.
Read and heal with us this November and then go and Vote!