Musuem of Joy: Peter Bruegel the Elder, The Magpie on the Gallows (detail)
Protocols of the Dancing Elders
of the Seventh Day Atheist Aztec Baptist Synod*
There is a music which underlies all things. We dance to the tunes all our lives, though our living ears never hear the music which guides and moves us.
Anon. Dancing Elder
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
When someone blunders, we say that he makes a misstep. Is it then not clear that all the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill our history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from the lack of skill in dancing.
A day that is not danced is a day that is not lived. I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.
To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
Elder Agnes De Mille
If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.
Elder Isadora Duncan
On with the dance, let the joy be unconfined, is my motto; whether there’s any dance to dance or any joy to be unconfined.
Elder Mark Twain
I just put my feet in the ground and move them around.
Elder Fred Astaire
*Grendel’s Laundry List is an irregular but continuing series of readings in texts helpful to an understanding of the Atheology and Theodicy of the Seventh Day Atheist Aztec Baptist Church.