Tao of the Townie
Hello I am Kyle Mackesey, the creator and owner of Sonkhonkett: The puppet, townie comedy webseries. Sonkhonkett is a fictional town lying in the North Shore of Greater Boston and the show details the lives of the townies that reside in this zipcode (01986). This show/my life’s project latches on, isolates and reveals the metaphysics of the tao of the townie. Let’s break down that jargon.
The Oxford Dictionary definition of metaphysics: “the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space.”
The Wikipedia definition of the Tao: “Tao or Dao is the natural order of the universe, whose character, one's intuition must discern to realize the potential for individual wisdom, as conceived in the context of East Asian philosophy, East Asian religions, or any other philosophy or religion that aligns to this principle. This intuitive knowing of life cannot be grasped as a concept. Rather, it is known through actual living experience of one's everyday being. Its name, Tao or Dao came from Chinese, where it signifies the way, path, route, road, or sometimes more loosely doctrine, principle, or holistic belief.”
The definition of Townie is like defining a Polishman. A man from Poland and/or of Polish culture. As you can see that doesn’t say much so I gotta show you through this show. For now I’ll start it with a person from either the poor, working class or middle class that grew up here and is of this culture and usually, though not always, is of Eurocentric descent.
Where others are either ignorant, clueless, dismissive, prejudiced of this people, Townies, that they deemed pedestrian, simple, wild, uncouth, problematic, provincial and ignorant, I interpret from the townie (which I am on the spectrum of) relatively raw objective truth and universal wisdom that transcends aesthetic, cosmopolitan notions of “correct-smart-good think”. Let’s make this clear though, I don’t play “teams” and my exploration of Townies also highlights problematic notions that exist in the culture. There is the yin and yang and all the gray found in the sociological ecosystem that Townies resided in.
Don’t worry it’s not all artsy-farty, I am also pragmatic and Sonkhonkett isn’t a self-absorbed ego-stroke of an art piece. I am working on Sonkhonkett to become a financially viable entertainment production company based in Massachusetts. I pay all the people that participate in the show and I stand firmly for workers’ rights. Craftsfolk and artists are often some of the most fleeced and disrespected workers out there. I say fair pay to them and that potentially can spread the message that all workers deserve decent working conditions. Sonkhonkett is created not only to honor the land and culture but to distribute resources and values that sustain and enrich it.
In the meantime, I am always looking for help. You do not need a specific set of skills to be a part of Sonkhonkett. Much of what I do is not from the product of formal training. I am vehemently against the tyranny of competence. As long as you're respectful, responsible and punctual you are always welcome to Sonkhonkett. If you’re interested in participating go to the contact page to email me or DM on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Tiktok.