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Article Title

Singing in Dark Times

Document Type

Article in Response to Controversy

Abstract

Bertolt Brecht raised a question in his poem “Motto”:

In dark times

Will there also be singing?

His answer:

Yes, there will be singing.

About the dark times.

Our work here and now is in part to sing the dark times. We begin by waking up, by opening our eyes to the reality before us, the beautiful and the hopeful no less than the difficult, the tragic, the ugly. We cannot separate our own lives from the concentric circles of context—historic flow and economic condition, political situation and cultural surround—that make them more fully understandable and meaningful.

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