SPOTLIGHT: Amara Karan: Cosmopolitan Candour (Part Three)

Sunetra Senior Wednesday 28th September 2022 05:52 EDT

There emerges spiritual reconciliation between the beatific nirvana and the nuance of difficult lived reality to create a balanced paradigm of society over one of fragile hope. Human strife and folly are inevitable wherever people will populate but this need not eliminate the path to relational peace. Equally, utopias rarely come without an inevitable catch. Symbolically, Moonhaven is a pristine creation but it must be ready to negotiate the gritty underside, Earth and its raw mortality, accepting this as the primal foundation. “In the show, the pilot is personally embroiled in the conflict and we see it through her individual journey: we see earth which has fallen apart and seems a failure and by contrast the Moon culture and its positivity which looks flawless but is very controversial. Society’s subtle workings are itself fascinating.” The solution lies in authentic ideological consolidation: a marriage of the demand of everyday pragmatism in tandem with optimistic intellectual imagination. In terms of leftist politics, this indicates an updated sincerely empathetic left; one that includes the many marginalised voices that have been oppressed, incorporating the necessity of fundamental socio-economic equality alongside the shiny promise of nomadic far-reaching globalisation. This would be the forward-thinking institutionally sound cosmopolitan movement that was as grounded as it is gumptious, and what is strong will likely last. 

This is what could result in universal robust stability of which stunning technology is a congruous extension rather than a frightening ironic mirror. In lieu of Elon-esque externalisation of civic development, in the shape of elaborate Martian homes, cutting-edge gadgets or trendy commercial flights to the Moon, the mental energy should primarily be funnelled into reforming social systems which are emotionally interlinked and sociologically edified from within. “People do tend to appreciate novelty,” Amara commented, “and I suppose societal progress emerges organically from that. People want to broaden their horizons and make things truly interesting: it’s pleasing to have twists of tradition and consider entirely new ways of being. Every corner of innovation needs to be explored and hopefully everything underlying that needs deconstruction will be and remade in the end.” Indeed, in Amara’s timely stage play, Bloody Difficult Women, a collaborative, particularly feminine rehabilitative paradigm of direction is championed. The playwright shows the capacity for purifying compassionate redemption within the refuge of female solidarity in the otherwise incendiary realm of selfish masculine politics. Walker highlights the toxic debacle that is current parliamentary process through the defunct vehicle that continues to be the masthead of Brexit as well as the strong female leaders who were conveniently scapegoated at the time. 

This is identified as being perpetuated in the machinating hands of traditional bigoted media: specifically, as we may know, certain sensationalist tabloids. The play then reconstructively lauds the pioneering political women who actually attempted to introduce calm, mediation and reason into what was the chaotic sham of reactive empty egos. Amara’s Miller is cool, concerned and collected, proposing her saliant defence of justice with the aim of revoking the illicitly triggered article 50 while Jessica Turner's May relays an admirable stoicism in the context of the populist buffoonery that was enveloping her in the form of the tumultuous tide of her blue party. In this sense, the play is beautifully intersectional and propels a message of communal national healing. Primal essentialist divisions are flushed to the fore only to be cathartically resolved in the higher plane of meditative concept. In fact, it is common in trauma therapy, or EMDR, to vividly evoke past pain to reprocess and transmute it as an opportunity to benevolently emotionally evolve. “Think what would happen if women really did run the world,” the actress stated. Here, New Zealand’s outstanding prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, does spring to mind. She is known for her sovereign yet kind and swift handling of the ongoing viral pandemic.  

To be Concluded Next Week… 


T: @amarakaran 

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