Discovering the Universal Language of Play

Discovering the Universal Language of Play

Kali Quinn travelled to Guatelmala and El Salvador as a Clowns Without Borders volunteer in 2010. She has since been teaching, performing, creating theater with people across the US, and recently she recently released a new book called I am Compassionate Creativity. Through 111 stories from her life that look at her relationship to strangers, elders, grief, love, medicine, technology and play, she shares 111 values of Compassionate Creativity. The value of this story, “Discovering the Universal Language of Play,” relates her experience with CWB:  “When electing to travel with Clowns Without Borders, you enter into places ravaged by natural disaster or torn to pieces by war. Traveling down these roads, you see such hardship repeated upon the faces of the people. Homeless, hungry, hurt. Such grief affecting all people. A devastation and loss so much more vast and real than would ever be reported in the news. How could you, now witnessing it firsthand, ever have the words to explain this to someone who wasn’t there? How would you even start? How could you possibly find a way to get onto the next plane home and move on to have a conversation about anything else other than this? So you get out of your vehicle and walk down the streets. You realize that the city or town might have been destroyed and many of its inhabitants might be missing, but at the same time there are people, individuals, there. Alive. Standing on the line between life and death, a sense of community can’t help but linger in the air. A mother feeds a child. Two men lift up...