The Social Experience
Originally, I had intended on attending the show alone. I arrived at the theatre by myself, and went through waiting in line in the lobby by myself. It’s isolating as most people coordinated attending the show with their friends. I thought none of my friends would make it out, until I heard my name called out. It was two of my friends.
Since I was ahead in line, I waited for them at the top of the theatre. I looked awkward and uncomfortable until they met me. The ushers had even asked if I was waiting for people now. The thought of seeing a play by myself wasn't an issue, though the thought of having my friend endure it with me felt much happier. I felt more open and amiable about the situation. It no longer felt like much of a chore to see this play since I had my friends with me. It turned into spending time with my friends and catching up.
The social aspect in the Good Life works as a simulator. Going by yourself feels more boring, more like work. I didn't want to do it as much. Then upon doing these things with friends, it turns into more fun. The Good Life can be found in a good conversation with friends who you are comfortable with. You can talk and laugh, making it seem like the Good Life instead do sitting by yourself feeling bored and upset.
Photo Credit with written consent: Angelica Alejo
The Cultural Experience
The time frame of the story goes back into history a little. It goes back to a time when outlandish people, like Sarah Bernhardt were incredibly unwanted and unappreciated for being a little special. The outgoing French actress is banned and fought against by the Catholic Church. It is the conflict between freedom of speech and censorship.
I knew nothing of the subject matter before attending the performance. I knew that it is not the first example of this battle. There are many times in history that people have gone radically against the church in order to achieve their own happiness. The performance, though, opened my eyes to the abrupt hand of the church. It does not give Sarah a chance to explain or fight back. It simply tells her to not do what she does and to leave the town. The issue becomes relatable when I doubt in my own mind if I should act a certain way because of my religious background. I become paranoid that I come off sinful and that I won’t reach heaven because I was told that things I do are sinful.