“It’s so easy to lose faith and become lost in all of the politics of the world. That’s why we need the arts. To sublimate our frustration and anger into something beautiful. Freud called sublimation a virtuous defense mechanism because it is in the arts that we can find our humanity.” ― Kamand Kojouri Dear members; I am desperately seeking moderators for this vitally important forum. I feel as if we will need at least two if not more correspondents to properly encompass the vast and varied arts and entertainment genre. I wish that I was qualified to moderate this forum, I believe that the vibrancy inherent in the arts is a compelling and integral part of our history, therefore of vital importance in our quest for knowledge and understanding and an integral ingredient in our pursuit of that 'More Perfect Union' we were all raised to believe in, without which I can only envision a despotic, dark and blighted world. I feel we can still exert positive influence through the arts, but we must hurry, we are working against the clock. Ideally everyone would have one particular genre that they invariably clung to, making this forum extremely easy. Fortunately we are far more complex creatures than that, most of us grow and evolve, diversify and expand in taste and desires. Frankly my own taste depends much on my mood, the weather, my particular locale at the time, who is in my life, and what color is my current obsession. I find the juxtaposition of traditional and modern, fantasy and stark reality, leather and lace intriguing and fascinating, more likely to pique my interest then a space filled with the same ol, same ol. A concert or a play, a restaurant or movie all need a surprise a touch of whimsy a cliff hanger, something that intrigues and excites, that leaves you breathless, not wanting to leave yet thrilled at the thought of returning and reawakening the sleeping dragon that is your enthusiasm for life , beauty, taste, texture scent, and visual satiation. And because we are such inherently vain creatures, we invariably feel the need to share our latest and greatest discovery so that we can be feted for our genius, and superlative taste, as if we with our own hands had created the work of art now being worshiped, (of course this is what all artiste hope for). I believe that many of us have vast, diverse and in many cases divergent taste, when it comes to what we love in theater, music, culinary arts, movies, literature, and fine arts. One of my dreams for Algernon's Journey is to expand our cultural awareness in this vast and storied world we inhabit, exposing our membership to a world of diverse cultures, rich in history and steeped in art.