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I have been thinking a lot about balance, poise, and equilibrium lately. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines equilibrium as
a: a state of intellectual or emotional balance;
b: a state of adjustment between opposing or divergent influences or elements;
c: a state of balance between opposing forces or actions that is either static or dynamic.
Each of these statements can be unpacked in multiple arenas, for many purposes, but my mind goes to this notion of the act of achieving said balance. How do we do this? How do we find this? Where do we orient ourselves? What is true and what is not?
Directionality, orientation, adjustment.
Seeking, finding, trying.
I find that in these times I need a true north. Not a geographic true north aligned to the North Pole, but a principled true north: a set of standards of behavior, aligned to my values and belief in the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. The principles that I find most comforting constitute the foundation of the International Declaration of Human Rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. We affirm these declarations and hold them to be self-evident, and share them now in the spirit of recalibration.
Intermedia Arts welcomes your reflections on voice, choice, democracy, truth, beauty, resistance, and thriving. We hope you feel connected to us. We feel connected to you, and hope to see you soon.
Executive Director, Intermedia Arts