I’m Just Not That Political

by Fionn Zarubica

romeo-and-juliet-reginald-denny-john-barrymore-leslie-howard-basil-rathbone-1936I have a hard time convincing people that I am not political.  In Serbia, some of the people I have spoken with believe that it is a luxury I enjoy due to the fact that in the US individuals are less directly impacted by the changes each new government brings.  While in the US people usually think I am hiding something; and that something is always a political position or a belief system that is against theirs. 

But none of that is true.  It is because at this stage of my life I have reached a place where, to quote Jiddu Krishnamurti, “I don’t mind what happens”.  Not out of indifference, but because at my core I believe that nothing happens that should not happen. 

I am not saying that I don’t get touched by what happens, that I am not thrown into disarray at times and that I don’t have to occasionally address my reaction to what happens; but at the end of the day I always come back to this place of knowing that all is well.  

How I actually see it is that I am an audience member, and sometime player, in a marvelous theatrical event. I never know what is going to unfold in the next act, or how it will turn out in the end; but I do know that if there were no conflict in the drama, the curtain would close and everyone would go home.

You will never see me responding to, or posting anything political in social media; you will never lure me into a dinner party argument or find me having the slightest concern for what you believe or don’t believe – because it is just not my deal.  I don’t  think any of that is where I should focus my energy to get the results I want.  

And then there is the question:  Do I have the cosmic overview to know what results I want?  

Ahhhhh….No!

The only thing I know for sure is that love is important; and in my experience I don’t generate more of that through generating conflict.

What would happen if while filming the fight scene in Romeo and Juliet, the director yelled "Cut!" and everyone just stopped and put their weapons down; what would we have left?  

No fight…

That’s how I want to play this game.

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