Why should we make music from it?
Dance is a spiritual practice (in its most spiritual form, the Sama/Buddhahood dance) that has been around as long as human civilization. I would say it is an indispensable part of human culture. For example, it is considered one day a year where every single person in the world, whether or not able to speak English, should engage in a simple dance. The reason it’s considered necessary is because our brain and nervous system works in a very different way to that of other animals. In other words, our brains work differently from other animals. This means, for example, that our brains have evolved to think in very abstract and abstract ways. In this way, it is possible that in a particular cultural practice one and the same brain can have different experiences at a given moment of that ritual. But why dance is vital to us, why it should have such an impact on our lives and why we should make our own culture from it, these two questions have been at the core of my work since I’ve known about dance and my own dance since childhood.
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AMY GOODMAN: With an outpouring of support from more than 200,000 people worldwide, the Supreme Court has declared Texas’ voter ID law unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision Monday. The court found that the state enacted the law in 2011 with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters, and that it was “detrimental to a well-ordered society.” In a statement, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund President Cornell William Brooks said, quote, “Today’s unanimous decision is just the beginning of a new battle. … This ruling brings Texas back to the constitutional stage, where all voters, regardless of race, gender or religion, are guaranteed equal protection under the law. It vindicates decades of struggle by the NAACP and other civil rights organizations to protect the integrity of our voting process. In addition, the decision upholds the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as an essential and integral part of our nation’s democracy.”
Today was one of four cases on this same issue that will be decided before the upcoming term, including a challenge from Wisconsin and Arizona. Last week it was made clear that the U.S. Supreme Court will leave in place a lower court finding that Texas must include a photo ID at the polls. It was reported early today that the justices are considering a case from Texas that would end the state’s