Tango is not only a fascinating dance but also a fascinating philosophy, culture and lifestyle. The search of tango is the search of connection, love, unity, beauty, harmony and humanity, i.e., an idealism that is not consistent with the dehumanizing reality of the modern world. The world divides us as individuals, but tango unites us as a community and people. In tango we are not individualists, feminists, nationalists, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, etc., but interconnected and interdependent members of the human family. Tango calls us to tear down the walls, to build bridges, and to regain humanity through connection, cooperation, reconciliation and compromise. It is a dance that teaches the world to love.

December 11, 2016

Tango and Family Values

I raise chickens in my backyard. In cold winter days like now, they huddle and tango together to keep themselves warm. Individualism is a luxury chickens couldn't afford. They rely on each other for survival, just like early human beings. (See The Spirit of Tango.)

Sometimes I wonder, are modern people really superior to chickens? Why they formulated so many theories like individualism, feminism, homosexualism and liberalism to justify behaviors that are not for the best interests of the humankind? Why they are so obsessed with personal interests and rights but are apathetic to other people? Why they mistreat, exploit, take advantage of, bully, rob, abuse, torture and slaughter their own kind? Why they greedily accumulate wealth far exceeding their personal needs at the expense of their fellow human beings? Why little by little they abandoned all the values that held them together and made them strong as a species?

As history has shown, sometimes evil prevails over good and people lost good conscience allow themselves to go with the flow. Perhaps we come across such a time again. I am not giving up hope, though, because there are still goodness in people like firefighters, doctors without borders and tango dancers alike. I appreciate them because it takes a big heart to open your arms to others, to provide a supporting shoulder for those in need and to be a good Samaritan. Tango is created by such people - immigrant men and women who are homeless, lonely, vulnerable, looking for a refuge in a strange land, yearning to be loved, and who are sympathetic to others like themselves. Like chickens, they huddle and tango together to keep themselves warm in a cold world. (See Why People Dance Tango.)

I also see hope in parents who teach their children to love each other, to take care of their little brothers and sisters, and to work as a team. When such children grow up, they will become responsible members of the society. Evil prevails only when family is disintegrated, when family values are lost, when human bonds are faded away, when everyone becomes egocentric, and when individualism, feminism, hatred, divorce, single parent family, irresponsible sex, self-indulgence, gun culture and materialism become the accepted norms in a society.

But I don't think that can last forever because men are a part of nature and the law of nature overrules the law of men. As history has also shown, as long as there are opposite sexes, there will be love, children, family and family values so evil cannot prevail for long. Family is and always will be the cornerstone of human civilization. Our collective desire to survive and our collective conscience reject what is bad for the species as a whole. After all, we cannot survive alone and must succeed together. That is why in times like this more and more people turn to tango, a dance that connects us, a dance that teaches people to love, a dance that is consistent with family values, and a dance in which many rediscovered conscience and compassion. (See Tango Is the Search of a Dream.)