Proust’s parlor game
When we developed co-empowerment, we were looking for big questions. We thought that by asking brilliant questions in clever sequences, you could tease out core truths and thru this manifest personal power and healing.
Some years later i become aware of this annoying successful memetic structure which was the facebook “25 random things about me” postings.
And somewhere happily towards the big question side is the StrangeTango list of parlor questions popularized by the French critic and author Marecl Prousts, who thought and wrote deeply about self reflection.
Question 19 is What do you consider your greatest achievement?
And i thought about this for a while i wrestled between FAIRE (an anti-nuclear summer training program that taught east European activist English and campaigning skills which graduated a couple dozen amazing organizers over a couple years) or the Clean Energy Brigades (which provides low cost weatherization of thousands of working class homes also in eastern Europe – team Obama mimicked it in the stimulus package).
But as i thought these proud success more, they felt too localized and fleetingly isolated events. And what is really more amazing is that i have had mostly continuously successful polyamorous relationships for about 30 year [And a few colorful disasters]
And perhaps more broadly, i am proudest of the number of people i have brought the ideas of anarchism, the lifestyle of polyamory, the culture of paganism and the home of community. What i hope it will be is a collection of self replicating funological experiments.
And while i have been finishing this entry, there has been a glorious little cuddle pile unfolding before me on the couches of the Tupelo main living room. And finally, i get to hop in and have some wonderful intimate conversations with new and old house mates. Ending bleary at 3:15 AM. This is the life.