Friday, January 13, 2012

100. Solar-Powered Lamp and Phone Charger (China, 2010)

What lies ahead?
Speaking for myself, I’m convinced. I’m going to find a way to get solar panels on my roof.

I was very moved, at last night's final dress rehearsal of Verdi's Attila at Seattle Opera, by the moment when the refugees emerge from the storm and chaos and the tenor has to overcome his personal romantic difficulties to inspire the chorus, his people, the remnants of his shattered nation, with a vision of possibility and hope for the future. It's one of those "kneel down and kiss the soil and give thanks to God that we're alive" kind of moments, Pilgrims landing on the Massachusetts coast, the castaway emerging onto the desert island where he might make a Robinson-Crusoe-kind-of-life or might perish scenes. Powerful, and makes the alienated modern skeptic anonymous city-dweller atheist address more fundamental questions.

That's the point of MacGregor's final object, too. You may need to use a little imagination--but put yourself in a situation where you've got nothing, just the sunlight shining on your hut. A tool, a device that allows you to transform that sunlight into possibility--into communication, into light to use for study, it's magic. An inspiring, hopeful way to end this survey--like Shakespeare's heroine, emerging on an untouched shore, walking up out of the sea to see what she can make of herself on land. "What country, friends, is this?"

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