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That got me to thinking: Suppose we approached everyday life as a work of performance art? What if our civic leaders in Philadelphia and government officials in Washington did the same? Maybe we'd solve impossible problems— unemployment? deficits? global warming?— more readily than we thought.
Watching this well-organized spectacle, I found myself swept up in civic pride. Maybe it was the backdrop provided by our skyline: William Penn poised atop City Hall in the far distance. Or maybe it was the way each dancer seemed to retain his or her unique personality: some in street clothes, others sporting sequins or tutus. Maybe when a performance spontaneously turns into an open dance party to Love Train, you can't help but feel hopeful about the future of democracy.
In this divisive pre-election season, our politicians could learn a thing or two from these folks doing the Hustle at the foot of the Rocky steps. And as we theatergoers bop around from performance to performance for the next two weeks, we could do worse than to simply allow ourselves to be infected by the artist's approach to the impossible.♦
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