e70 one step at a time is a monologue that I recorded on September 28th, 2021, in one take, while walking in the forest in Duhamel QuÃ©bec, where I talk recite a poem that I wrote earlier that day about making choices and moving forward one step at a time in â€˜radical listeningâ€™ mode, which is the theme of season 3 of #conscientpodcast.
one step at a time
(September 28, 2021)
We make choices by not making choicesÂ
And we live with unbearable consequencesÂ
We hear alarm bells, but do not respond
We cling to uncertainty like a sad songÂ
We act as if unaware and innocentÂ
We are cognitively dissonant
We write feeble poems, like this one, to lessen our painÂ
We accept our fate and wait for the last dayÂ
We know that exploitation is the cause
And we know that we are itâ€™s children
We try to change our ways but the draw is too strongÂ
We are so comfortable, so selfish and so tragically wrongÂ
We know that one day soon we will have to tell our kids
That we knew far too much and did far too little
We think that art can change the world if only we listenedÂ
But we know that listening is an inconvenient truth
We made a choice by not choosingÂ
And now we live with the consequencesÂ
And yet, we know that itâ€™s never too late to start a new
We know, deep inside, that this, is trueÂ
One step at a timeÂ
One step at a time
One step at a timeÂ
One more step at a time
Stop, listen more deeplyÂ
One step at a timeÂ
One step. Stop. Listen.
e70 one step at a time est un monologue que j’ai enregistrÃ© le 28 septembre 2021, en une seule prise, alors que je marchais dans la forÃªt de Duhamel (QuÃ©bec). J’y rÃ©cite un poÃ¨me que j’ai Ã©crit plus tÃ´t ce jour-lÃ sur le fait de faire des choix et comment aller de lâ€™avant une Ã©tape pas Ã la fois en rÃ©fÃ©rence Ã â€˜lâ€™Ã©coute radicaleâ€™, le thÃ¨me de la saison 3 du #baladoconscient.
Une Ã©tape Ã la fois
(28 septembre 2021)
Nous faisons des choix en ne faisant pas de choixÂ
Et nous vivons avec des consÃ©quences insupportablesÂ
Nous entendons les sonneries dâ€™alarme, mais nous ne rÃ©agissons pas.
Nous nous accrochons Ã lâ€™incertitude comme Ã une chanson tristeÂ
Nous agissons comme si nous Ã©tions inconscients et innocentsÂ
Nous sommes cognitivement dissonants
Nous Ã©crivons de piÃ¨tres poÃ¨mes, comme celui-ci, pour attÃ©nuer notre douleur.Â
Nous acceptons notre destin et attendons le dernier jour.Â
Nous savons que lâ€™exploitation en est la cause
Et nous savons que nous en sommes les enfants.
Nous essayons de changer nos habitudes, mais lâ€™attraction est trop forte.Â
Nous sommes si Ã lâ€™aise, si Ã©goÃ¯stes et si tragiquement en tord.Â
Nous savons quâ€™un jour prochain nous devrons dire Ã nos enfants
que nous en savions beaucoup trop et que nous nâ€™avons pas fait grand-chose.
Nous pensons que lâ€™art peut changer le monde, si seulement nous lâ€™Ã©coutions.Â
Mais nous savons quâ€™Ã©couter est une vÃ©ritÃ© qui dÃ©range.
Nous avons fait un choix en ne choisissant pasÂ
Et maintenant nous vivons avec les consÃ©quencesÂ
Et pourtant, nous savons quâ€™il nâ€™est jamais trop tard pour prendre un nouveau Ã©lan.
Nous savons, au fond de nous, que câ€™est vrai.Â
Un pas aprÃ¨s lâ€™autreÂ
Un pas aprÃ¨s lâ€™autre
Un pas Ã la foisÂ
Un pas de plus Ã la fois
ArrÃªtez et Ã©coutez plus profondÃ©mentÂ
Une Ã©tape Ã la foisÂ
Un pas.Â ArrÃªtez. Ã‰coutez.
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About the Concient Podcast from Claude Schryer
The conscient podcast / balado conscient is a series of conversations about art, conscience and the ecological crisis. This podcast is bilingual (in either English or French). The language of the guest determines the language of the podcast. Episode notes are translated but not individual interviews.
I started the conscient project in 2020 as a personal learning journey and knowledge sharing exercise. It has been rewarding, and sometimes surprising.
The term â€˜conscientâ€™ is defined as â€˜being aware of oneâ€™s surroundings, thoughts and motivationsâ€™. My touchstone for the podcast is episode 1, e01 terrified, based on an essay I wrote in May 2019, where I share my anxiety about the climate crisis and my belief that arts and culture can play a critical role in raising public awareness about environmental issues. The conscient podcast / balado conscient follows up on my http://simplesoundscapes.ca (2016â€“2019) project: 175, 3-minute audio and video field recordings that explore mindful listening.
Season 1 (May to October 2020) explored how the arts contribute to environmental awareness and action. I produced 3 episodes in French and 15 in English. The episodes cover a wide range of content, including activism, impact measurement, gaming, arts funding, cross-sectoral collaborations, social justice, artistic practices, etc. Episodes 8 to 17 were recorded while I was at the Creative Climate Leadership USA course in Arizona in March 2020 (led by Julieâ€™s Bicycle). Episode 18 is a compilation of highlights from these conversations.
Season 2 (March 2021 â€“ ) explores the concept of reality and is about accepting reality, working through ecological grief and charting a path forward. The first episode of season 2 (e19 reality) mixes quotations from 28 authors with field recordings from simplesoundscapes and from my 1998 soundscape composition, Au dernier vivant les biens. One of my findings from this episode is that â€˜I now see, and more importantly, I now feel in my bones, â€˜the state of things as they actually existâ€™, without social filters or unsustainable stories blocking the wayâ€™. e19 reality touches upon 7 topics: our perception of reality, the possibility of human extinction, ecological anxiety and ecological grief, hope, arts, storytelling and the wisdom of indigenous cultures. The rest of season 2 features interviews with thought leaders about their responses and reactions to e19 reality.
my professional services
Iâ€™ve been retired from the Canada Council for the Arts since September 15, 2020 where I served as a senior strategic advisor in arts granting (2016-2020) and manager of the Inter-Arts Office (1999-2015). My focus in (quasi) retirement is environmental issues within my area of expertise in arts and culture, in particular in acoustic ecology. Iâ€™m open to become involved in projects that align with my values and that move forward environmental concerns. Feel free to email me for a conversation : firstname.lastname@example.org
acknowledgement of eco-responsibility
I acknowledge that the production of the conscient podcast / balado conscient produces carbon. I try to minimize this carbon footprint by being as efficient as possible, including using GreenGeeks as my web server and acquiring carbon offsets for my equipment and travel activities from BullFrog Power and Less.
a word about privilege and bias
While recording episode 19 â€˜realityâ€™, I heard elements of â€˜privilegeâ€™ in my voice that I had not noticed before. It sounded a bit like â€˜ecological mansplainingâ€™. I realize that, in spite of good intentions, I need to work my way through issues of privilege (of all kinds) and unconscious bias the way I did through ecological anxiety and grief during the fall of 2020. My re-education is ongoing.
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