“The attraction of fire? It transforms what it touches. It’s brief. Heartbreakingly ephemeral. Our own transit through life is like a flame in the night.” -Larry Harvey
As it applies to us humans, I believe structural integrity consists of two things—individual and the relational conduct. Staying centered in integrity means pursuing the people and experiences that make you feel the most alive, the most seen and valued, and, subsequently, the most nourished. From this place, we are far better citizens of the world. But structural integrity also means being impeccable with your word, showing up all the times and in all the ways you said that you would. It means bearing, with grace, whatever load it is you promised you’d carry. —Alessandra Wollner
After searching for a bit, I finally found the audio tone for the mobile phone used in The Big Lebowski! Presented here for your personal ringtone amusement:
Dude: Fuck it.
Donnie: Where you going, Dude?
Dude: Home, Donnie.
Donnie: Phone’s ringing, Dude.
Dude: Thank you, Donnie!
old 90s GSM ringtone
The point being that this kind of collective environment appears to allow for the restoration of symbolic resources in individuals – even if the content of those resources is not collective, or even shared. The existence of the sacred liminal space itself is sufficient collective infrastructure to support individual’s symbolic resources.
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