Sister Giant was a conference that integrated politics, activism and spirituality, with its aim … [Read more...]
Prologue: This post is not meant to be a purely political one, although I will be mentioning the political landscape and Donald Trump.
Instead, this post is meant to take the long view and look at the big picture. It is meant to map out what exactly is going on here, as to many people it feels unsettling and like pure chaos.
Furthermore, I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but my intention in writing this post is not meant to … [Read more...]
As we enter into the season of light, the time of the solstice and the holidays, and as we enter into a new year, I give you my gift - the above short music video, entitled "Imagine/Vision." I encourage you to watch it with an open heart and an open mind - it may just inspire you.
The solstice is the darkest day of the year. Now that we are past the solstice, more light is present in our world. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, … [Read more...]
Here in the U.S., one of the stranger things in American history has occurred: the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the U.S.
I say strange on a number of accounts: because Trump is an odd and peculiar character, and because his election took a confluence of events to line up.
On one level, Trump is a bundle of contradictions: a billionaire born with a silver spoon in his mouth who appeals to populist values; a … [Read more...]
With just a few days before the presidential election here in the U.S., I'm sure you'll agree with me that it has been a wild ride. It's been a roadshow, a shitshow, and a polemic battle of the cultures.
What we have seen, amidst all the craziness, is a changing of the guard. We are shifting from a closed culture to an open culture and open future. With this shift, we are in the thick of a revolution and … [Read more...]
In a recent article I wrote, "How to Brainwash Your Monkey," I talked about how easily we can fall sway to the illusions and stories we tell ourselves or that others tell us, and that when we do so, we then identify with these stories, an identification that causes us to move far away from what is true.
And what happens is that by then … [Read more...]
In a recent article I wrote, "The Nonsense and Delusions People Believe As Truth", I talked about the ridiculous and nonsensical things people believe, within the context of this year's U.S. presidential campaign and specifically among supporters of Donald Trump.
Trump supporters have been making statements that fly in the … [Read more...]
Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most brilliant writers ever. He took a look at everyday life and translated it into a language of whimsy and absurdist fancy. At the same time he cut to the core of the human experience and conveyed an all-knowing sense of how we got ourselves into the big fat mess we're in.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and as he wrote in Slaughterhouse-Five and other books, he witnessed, as a POW, … [Read more...]
John Wayne represented the quintessential go it alone American, ready to stand up and fight for American values. This was the role he played in many of his movies - whether he was the cowboy, the outlaw, or the solider - and his personal political viewpoints were mirror images of his movie roles.
This viewpoint is one that believes that it's my country right or wrong, and that you're either with me or against me. It's rugged … [Read more...]
The title of this post, "Love is But the Song We Sing, and Fear's the Way We Die," comes from the classic 1960's song "Get Together" by the Youngbloods.
You can watch the video with the lyrics above.
Some might dismiss this as a 1960's utopian peace, love and granola song, but the words ring true decades later:Love is but the song we sing,And fear's the way we dieYou can make the mountains … [Read more...]