Friday, February 6, 2009

The Freedom Trampoline


In Wikipedia, we learn that "a kind of trampolining was done by the Inuit people who used to toss each other into the air on a walrus skin". According to circus folklore, the trampoline was supposedly first developed by an artist called Du Trampolin who saw the possibility of using the trapeze safety net as a form of propulsion and landing device.

It is a beautiful thought: the safety net as a source of propulsion and exhilaration. The kind of society I'd like to live in.

Here's the thing: we may lose our trampoline because it has been deemed an eyesore and danger to society, or at least the Homeowners' Association, but they can never take away the trampoline in our hearts. We provide each other with safety and security and laughter and propulsion. And landing. And if you take away our trampoline, we will just keep having even more fun, but in secret. So there.

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