Suzanne's Take: A Social Commentary
DAWN STEEL AS A GOOD MODEL
AND THE L.A. TIMES AS A BAD ONE
December 22, 1997
Dawn Steel is dead. A great lady. As the first female to head a movie studio, she broke through to make a new space
for women in Hollywood. Maybe it's Woman needed now to
break through in the arena of philosophers and kings. Steel's obituary, juxtaposed to the Opinion section
of yesterday's Los Angeles Times, prompted me to write this letter to the editor:
What is happening at our core? How are we becoming greater? What's the evolution that's going on? Egads, it's toward oneness -- where we get that we are interconnected. One big tribe. We help each other. We patch up the world. It is infinitely more interesting and exponentially more valuable to be dealing with what we are becoming than grieving for what we are not. For spot-lighting these two rambles through the ills of modern day life, my Steel-induced 'take-no-prisoners' gutsiness is crying, 'Shame, shame, shame.'
"One problem with us 44 million adult American 'cultural creatives' (according to a 1994 study which counted subscribers to the 'new' values) is that we are not organized and we hold no council. There are no institutions, no lobbies, no nothing but a vast pool of individuals aware that oneness is the goal. But, trapped in mechanisms birthed to house a different order, we must tear ourselves loose to reinvent itself mightily. I challenge you, Los Angeles Times, to be a gateway for a crusading energy on behalf of an idea and understanding whose time has come."