The Next Conversation: “Ennui and Overload – What Do We Do Now, Part 4


Event Date: Tuesday, April 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Admission is free. Tell your friends.

Location: Vermillion, an art gallery, bar, and neighborhood gathering place at 1508 11th Ave, Seattle

The Summary

Resistance to 45 and his minions will take time, possibly a long time. We will need to be in this for the long haul. But how do we keep up the energy, the passion? Can we? And should we? Read on below for details.

The Guests

As with the other installments in this series, you’re the guests. Though we may have a few surprise voices. Come.

The Story in Detail

It has been 87 days since the inauguration of Mr. 45. For many of us, these have been difficult days. There has been a dual track: laughing and eye-rolling at the absurdity, incompetence, and stupidity on display, while at the same time, cringing at what appears to be expressions of pure evil.

We know something of what we need to do to counter what we see happening. And many of us are taking action. The various living room conversations and community groups that sprung up in January are, for the most part, continuing, from what I can see. But I also wonder if we’re beginning to lose energy a bit.

It’s hard to maintain the focus, the passion and energy that brought so many people out for the Women’s March, or the spontaneous airport demonstrations when 45’s first executive order on immigration came out.

How do we deal with that? Can we maintain the passion? Or might it be better over the long run not to? Maybe it needs to relax for the long haul, like a marriage that in order to survive evolves from passion and hot sex to fondness and companionship over the years.

Or maybe not.

These remain strange times, wide-open times, both locally and nationally. Come talk about it.

Finally, my apologies for the very short notice on this one. Maybe a little ennui, a little weariness…?

And on May 23, in partnership with the huge Red May project, we’ll be doing the following. Stay tuned for more information.

Tuesday May 23

7:00 – 8:30   Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave

John Boylan’s Conversation: “Should We Love Our Work?”

Guests: Michael Hardt, Kathi Weeks

What kind of work do you do? Do you love it? Should you? Should what you love be harnessed to the rhythm of work? Where does the imperative to love work come from? Should we be doing less work? More? Should we even use the word ‘should’ when talking about work? Join host John Boylan and guests Kathi Weeks (The Problem with Work) and Michael Hardt (Empire trilogy) in another of Boylan’s freewheeling Socratic conversations.

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