Duende

Duende and the art of creating communities without borders

Duende appeals for many reasons but one is its relevance to our struggle to contain our rape of the planet. The Deep Song of Duende is the song of our lost relationship to the natural world. Many cultures have something to say about this. What do we say?

Paul Alexander

I think duende is the experience of love, loss, and longing, – our appreciation for the experience of life, the experience of our life, and the experience of life in our world.

Duende is the experience of feeling connected with our experience of life, with our life, with our world, with the world that we are part of, the world that contributes to our experience of life, the world we create our experience with. Duende is the experience of feeling connected to the experience of life we have in common with others. The experience of caring. Duende is our appreciation for the experience of caring, – for the creative experience of life.

If we care, – if we feel connected, – if we feel connected to who we are and how we are and how we feel about ourselves and what we care about in common. What do we say as Canadians about our common experience of life, our common experience of one another, our common experience of our identity, our culture, and what we say and do, and how we say and do things and what we care about? How do we see, think, and feel about our world and our experience of the world as Canadians, – the experience we share and appreciate about being Canadian.

How do we and how can we communicate our experience in our creative expression, –in what we do, and how we are, and in what we care about, and in what we create and contribute to our community, our culture, our country? What do we say as Canadians?

Duende is the experience of empathy. Of being connected. Of feeling connected. Of knowing and understanding we are connected. Of caring for our connections and our connectedness with one another and with our common experience of life and our common experience of caring.

What do we say as Canadians about how we are, how we feel, what we experience as a community that cares, what cares we have in common, what cares we have to create connections with one another and for another across our borders created by our different cultures, different experiences, and different individual natures, interests, and ideas.

Words without borders are words that carry stories and ideas and feelings and observations which create connections with what we experience and imagine we experience in common. Stories, poetry, and songs that create and contribute to our appreciation of the experience of life and of our connectedness with our common experience of caring, – of love, of loss, and of longing, – and of caring to create the world we imagine is possible.

Some languages are familiar to the ear. Some stories are familiar to our stories of love, loss, and longing. Some music and songs are familiar to our experience. In Canada, we have the opportunity and benefit of learning about the experience of many different cultures of our world and the beginning realization of the great opportunity we have to explore all the cultures that contribute to creating our idea of Canada and the nature of the community we are part of and contributing to creating.

We can learn the art of creating communities without borders. We can learn the art of creating connections and creating the experience of caring about our community across the borders we have imposed, created, and accepted in our world.

Caring is the experience of duende. Duende is the expression of caring. Music connects us with the experience of duende, the experience of appreciation for how we are, how we feel, and how we care for our experience life. A creative connection we have in common.

Roger Chilton
My Point of View

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