By Isabel del Rio
Social pressure can only be overcome with imagination. In my opinion, this is the message of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, a message that Yareah magazine wants to spread in January, with the beginning of the year.
The novel was published in 1865 (more than 150 years ago!) but it remains valid because it is full of universal fears. The problem is not growing but growing to do what others want and never what you would like it.
Majorities catch you, they are supported by tradition, state and (even) mass media: ‘boy, you must earn money’, ‘girl, you must behave as your mother did’, ‘men and women (above all) pay the tasks and never protest’… What could Alice do? Getting into a hole to escape. It was there and after trying to change her body and mind, shrinking and enlarging at the pace of fashion, when her imagination could prevail and to be, at the end, her own Queen (more or less this is what Arthur of Britain had said several centuries before)… More or less is what all of us wanted every morning, upon awakening and before beginning the imposed obligations.
‘If you want to write, to paint or whatever other hobby, do in your free time’, I have heart a thousand time. And I have always thought ‘What free time? 8 hours of sensible work (no hobbies), plus 3 of move (I live in a great city), plus 4 of housework, plus 1 for me (at least to have a shower!)… are 16. I need the other 8 to sleep: therefore, my free time is a lie (better not talking about people with small children). I don’t have free time! Another thing is to try to convince cretins that Literature and Arts are not hobbies…
Yes, a bleak picture. Me, as Alice, have entered several times in the hole, waiting for not being seeing by people who believes in TV and its slogans. Then, and after some minutes, Imagination started to fulfill with light and shapes that darkness… and maybe it is a smiling cat who appears or a blue butterfly, or maybe it is the force of being yourself which started to approach… to shake hands.
Yareah magazine wants to embrace imagination in the next issue. Just with the beginning of the New Year.
We desire everybody who loves to be in Wonderland a Happy New Year.