About Otherlight . . .
To gather and collaboratively create, entertain, learn from each other. Not community with the intention of being comfortable but by intention challenged to perceive, sense, think, and act differently, perhaps to live experimentally.
Salóns in the tradition of the Italian and French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries were once a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through deliberative discourse.
The highest expressions of the art and fashion, of philosophy and experimental science, were common fare at these gatherings.
These salóns often consciously subscribed to Horace’s definition for the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (Latin: aut delectare aut prodesse).
Then there was the dawn of coffeehouses, the café. Though the coffee plant’s medicinal properties have been known for millennia after the African and Arab peoples introduced the dark brew to Europeans in 1500 it crossed the continent in a storm of popularity.
It had a major impact on the rise of business, cafes became not just to enjoy a cup of brew but to exchange ideas, revolutionary ideas. The French Revolution was born in the Cafe. What cruelest of ironies that the iconic beverage of French freedom was being cultivated by African slaves who had been taken to old San Domingo, the part now known as Haiti.
It was a custom normalized by Europeans for hundreds of years as they colonized various parts of the world, enslaving numerous civilizations in order to produce it.
This salon is a fusion of the best elements of the salón and café. We can take this pretentious formula from the idle aristocrats, the ambitious middle class envious of the rich, and forge it anew, a means of recreation, aid in making us fit in body, mind, and spirit for life in a volatile world.
Salón Solais Eile will begin as casual but no less intentional community frame what is needed to formalize itself as a self-supporting effort.
Our salón will focus on building those trust relationships prerequisite to mutual aid and collaborative acts of experimental research, design, and development of Aesthetic-Valued ArtScience, creative expressions so advanced as to appear indistinguishable from magic.
Eventually, it will continue in its mission as an Ancillary Cooperative of the Fleet Réalta Corps, a unique Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation, a Co-operative Capitalist, Federated Union of Worker-Owned Cooperatives governed by a Technocratic variant of Sociocracy.
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