(My friend and I in the lobby of the Phillips Center)
The Spatial Experience: As I entered the Phillips Center, I felt a little awe struck by the regal feeling of the interior. My seat was near the middle of the right seating area. This was a great seating are with the exception that I could barely see the sound affects table, and I was interested in the props the actors were using to create different sounds. When the lights dimmed and the audience quieted, I felt excited for the entertainment I was about to watch. As a looked around, I saw that the room had even more seating in the balcony and seating installments in the walls. This grand size enhanced my perception of the Phillips Center and its regal nature. Places effect how we work, think, and live. For some people, their capacity to experience the good life depends upon the place in which they are living. A person may find that their capacity to live the good life depends on if they are close to home or where their family is located. In this situation, place plays an important role in the live of the individual.
The Social Experience: I attended the performance with my high school friend. To get ready for the play, I went to my apartment and cleaned myself up from a long day at UF. By attending the show with a friend, my experience was enhanced greatly. Before and after the show, my friend and I talked critically about the play which is something I would have missed out on if I went alone. Shared experiences play a large role in the good life. Shared experiences are what binds the community or society together with a common good experience.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: This play was set in the time after the war and even after the larger trials have concluded. The trials at Nuremberg, I feel, are overshadowed by the event preceding it. This brings to life the thoughts of Americans in the American occupied Germany following the war. The central idea of the performance is it is dangerous to be idle in the face of injustice. The German people and judges stood idly by as atrocities were occurring in their back yards. I did not know much about the subject matter before the performance. I knew trials were held after the war but not to this extent. The play definitely developed my views about the German citizens and what role they played in the situation. Little injustice happen in front of me almost everyday. I have to constantly decide whether or not I will stand up for what is right.
The Emotional Experience: One thing that stood out to me in the play is when some of the characters talked about doing what had to be done. For example, the German defense lawyer defending the judges sterilization order or the talk of the bombing of Japan by the United States which ended the war but killed innocent civilians. This play shows that coming forward with our short comings and acknowledging how they hurt us is the first step towards living a better life free from the guilt of the past.