Melancholy and "Collective Joy"
By kaaaamna on Apr 12, 2007
While I was driving down yesterday, stuck in traffic (the eternal rush hour on 101 S), I was half listening to a conversation on NPR about how societies have over time done away with opportunities for individuals to come together, express themselves, and lift their collective spirits and therefore, we see higher incidences of depression and isolation among their members. The discussion was based on the hypothesis set out in the book "Dancing in the Streets" by Barbara Ehrenreich. I was immediately taken to images of Burning Man, and while those might not claim to be the healthiest minds by conventional definition, they certainly seem to be the most liberated and fulfilled. (For that time- then they come home to the rent, and the boss, and the spouse, and the dog, and the disillusionment sets in again - but that's another blog).
And then I thought of Sun, and though we are not as "melancholic" as we have been in the past, we certainly aren't all smiles and cackles yet either. I believe that organizations such as Women@Sun can provide the opportunity for members of the Sun community to "Dance in the Streets"(there are others – Beer Bashes are back - hooray! We're having our own in SFO tomorrow). It's all about organic growth, and we are starting small, but I expect the effects of the "Collective Joy" to be widespread..
Who needs Prozac when you have Women@Sun!!