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Shortcut to Peace

Last night I watched the first half of Angels in America, the HBO 6-hour version. Which means I watched the first three hours. It made me weep in several places. Setting aside for the moment several mechanical concerns (it comes off as sort of stagey and soliloquy-laden; the camera is isolating; the "acting" is sometimes obvious; it's hella long; etc), it is a remarkably good story, and remarkably well written. It hit several places in me that have been hit by other things recently - places about loving people for who they are, about forgiveness, about assumptions...and it hit other places that have been in me for a long time and always seem ready for another go-round - places about self-loathing, abandonment, integrity, and the role of spirituality in loss. The mechanical concerns didn't detract from this. I came away feeling wrenched yet hopeful, yet mostly wrenched. I also came away admiring Mary-Louise Parker. And it's only halfway over!

But that's only the introduction to the point. The point is that I'm sitting here staring at my computer screen, as I do often, and noticing for the umpteenth time the icons on my desktop. One of them is for an Italian game called "Bandieri di Pace," which translates to "Peace Flags" in English. The idea of the game is that you have to build these little rainbow flags out of color strips that pop up on to the screen, but you're limited in how you can move them (i.e. only around existing flags, not through them), and you're limited by time because the little color strips keep popping up and eventually clog the screen. It's a fun game, available at bluelettrico.com, but that's not the point. The point is that in Windows, when you put an icon to a program directly on the desktop, the computer puts a little arrow next to it and calls it a "shortcut." So there, at the top of my screen, is a little rainbow flag with an arrow pointing to it, labeled "shortcut to PEACE." And for the umpteenth time, I'm thinking, "I wish it were." And I wish someone could tell me, convincingly, why it isn't.
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