Flying Too Close to the Sun, November 2002 As the ancient Greek myth is told, the young boy Icarus and his inventor father Daedalus were imprisoned in a maze on an island and trying to escape. Daedalus was crafty and made them both pairs of wings built carefully out of wax and feathers, but warned Icarus not to fly too close to the blazing sun or his beautiful wings would fall to pieces. Icarus, being young and foolish, was so intoxicated with his new ability to fly that he soared too high, the delicate wings melted and burned, and he fell into the deep blue ocean and drowned.
National Organizer New York, NY (other locations possible) The Icarus Project seeks a self-motivated, talented, strategic thinker with substantial organizing experience, a creative outlook on activism, and experience in collective decision-making to serve as our National Organizer. Experience in radical mental health organizing or with mental health systems in the United States is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in organizing, creating grassroots networks, and developing internal systems and infrastructure.
"Charles is, after all, a genius, and Karena knows from the pscyh tests she's borrowed from the La Crosse public library that many manic-depressive people are... Schumann, Melville, Woolf, Van Gogh, Edgar Allen Poe - all brilliant. All bipolar.
"I've spent a lot of time with the Lakota, and you know what they call a man like me? A man who has visions? They call them a wicasa wakan," Charles says. "A divine man. A blessed man."