Friday 15 May 2009

three stages

The Irish writer Edmund Burke's belief that society was a contract between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born, has big environmental implications. It can be seen, for instance, in Lord Stern's take on discounting.

It's interesting to learn, from the TLS review of Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman (left), that in the Yoruba worldview, life is seen as 'only one of three equal stages - the unborn, the living and the dead'.

The TLS critic says Rufus Norris' production is 'earthbound'. The reason? 'Only the living are given space.'

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