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Sanctuary

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sanc·tu·ar·y

ˈsaNGk(t)SHəˌwerē/

noun

1  1. a place of refuge or safety."people automatically sought a sanctuary in time of trouble"

2  synonyms:

3   refuge, haven, harbor, oasis, shelter, retreat, hideout

 

When the world gets heated and scary, arts and entertainment often provides sanctuary for us.  Did you know that box office receipts rise in recession or tough political times?  Ticket sales, lipstick, chocolate and booze....  Why is that?

Well, those things describe low-cost/easy ways to feel or not feel (depending on your poison).  Entertainment often becomes a sanctuary.  It becomes a place where we can cry with external reason and without judgment….or be swept away in something grander than our own lives….or laugh when the world is otherwise falling apart.  For a relatively low price, we can be transported somewhere else.  We can allow ourselves to shamelessly feel when we might be otherwise walking through the world in a numb onesie.

So, while the world may feel uncertain right now, the good news is that we happen to be in the entertainment business, which leaves us with this wonderful opportunity.  We get to be the people who hold up the walls of that sanctuary.   Who fill it with story and release.  We get to furnish escape, share unexplored perspective and plant the seeds of change.  So, don't wait.  Share your voice.  Create!  We are going to need you.  Let’s get to work, shall we?

...this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe, like me, that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms for our fellow craftsmen and women to go deeper, and through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness and exclusivity of our predominantly narcissistic culture - and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing infinite truth that serves a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken, and afraid, and tired - that they are not alone. We are united in that we are all human beings, and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting, and mysterious ride that is being alive.
— David Harbour’s acceptance speech to fellow artists at the SAG AWARDS. The award was for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Stranger Things (a Netflix Original)

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