The Edinburgh Fringe festival requires no introduction. It is the world’s largest arts festival and in 2014 will see 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues across one of the world’s most picturesque and historic cities.
Many British festivals are synonymous with the need to pack your best gumboots/wellies; Glastonbury veterans love to proudly compare the depth of mud they have slogged through for love of music.
What I didn’t expect was for my first mudslide festival to be at the world’s largest philosophy and music event.
It’s an important thing not to throw off our memories of childhood. They remind us that we too were once naive, that we believed in mystery and a world less bound by cause-and-effect. Anything was possible because we had not been taught the adult lesson of the impossible.
It can be easy to glorify the years of our youth as carefree and frivolous but those years were inherently a very scary time. The world loomed above us on every side, there were monsters under the bed and witches in the woods. Even sleep was as likely to mean sweet dreams as it was the vague shadows of nightmares.
Last night I experienced something that had a more profound effect on me than I would have expected.
For over an hour last night I sat in relative silence, in the middle of a park, surrounded by the silhouettes and quiet shadows of people who, on the most part I assume, were also doing this for the first time.
Given that the world was meant to end last week and we are all looking forward to the end of the Mayan Calendar next year I thought I’d repost an old entry that hasn’t been up on One Small World yet. Enjoy…
‘I want to begin by saying that I am not religious, nor have I ever been religious. I don’t hate religion but I have always considered the Western religions to be pock-holed with hypocrisy, protected by defensive logic and the great purveyor of intolerance. Many people’s faith is true but it seems to me that far too many involved in the machine of God use the institutionalised power to abuse and control.