The one and only Larry Brilliant is the guest for this episode for It’s All Happening. Larry is one of the great examples of combining purpose and seva with business. His new book ‘Sometimes Brilliant’ is out now and covers his life story that includes meeting his teacher Neem Karoli Baba to starting the SEVA foundation. On the show we talked about our current situation and how to make peace with it as well as a pin pointed look at the reality of our nations economic and education dilemma and what to do about it. Of course, we also talked about Neem Karoli Baba and what being a seeker was like in the early 70’s for a young doctor from Detroit. I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this one – Larry is an endless well of knowledge, wisdom and love.
INTRO RANT – The nature of change
Larry Brilliant is an American physician, epidemiologist, technologist, author and the former director of Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org. Brilliant, a technology patent holder, has been CEO of two public companies and other venture backed start- ups. From 1973 to 1976, he participated in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program. In April 2009, he was chosen to oversee the “Skoll Global Threats Fund” established by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll.
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What can we say after what we just witnessed this past week? Few of us have any answers – only outrage. Few of us have any composure – only rage. Few of us have any solutions – only confusion. In the face of such an unexpected landslide where hate and ignorance won knowing what to do next is so hard. Ram Dass beamed into the podcast this week to spread some love, compassion and understanding about what happened. That is followed by Jason Louv who takes us through a history of the alt-right and how we got to this point in our culture. It’s a wonderful history lesson that we should all understand and take part in. Jason is an elegant and brilliant mind who can make sense of some of the most fringe aspects of life.
INTRO RANT – confusion on this Veterans Day and remembering what they fought for.
Jason Louv is: “One of humanity’s best mutant scouts on the frontiers of human experience.” – R. U. Sirius
Jason Louv is the author of Hyperworlds, Underworlds, The Angelic Reformation, Monsanto vs. the World and Queen Valentine, and the editor of Generation Hex, Ultraculture Journal and Thee Psychick Bible.
For the last fifteen years, Jason’s work has explored the outer reaches of human culture and possibility, through both science fiction and journalistic expeditions into some of the world’s strangest belief systems. His work shines with wit, compassion and an immense drive to share his enlightening experiences with his readers.
Ram Dass is one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. He is the very manifestation of love.
A completely inaccurate census breakdown of Trumps 60,000,000 voters:
30,000,000 – uneducated white men and women who are blown away by a man who puts his name on everything he owns, values greed over compassion, is a “baller” and are seduced by the power of celebrity, fame and money. Basically, reality TV culture that has morphed Americas value systems.
10,000,000 – racist white nationalists
15,000,000 – good, hard working folks who vote Republican no matter what and “came home” at the end of the day by voting along party lines
5,000,000 – minorities and angry ex-Dems who got confused and thought Trumps movement was some kind of referendum on something meaningful
Things I’ve recently learned and some that I still don’t understand:
1.) Many of the most passionate Bernie Sanders supporters would now rather listen to Susan Sarandon than Bernie himself (don’t understand)
2.) The alt-left is nearly as dangerous, delusional and as blind as the alt-right in the simple fact that they think Hilary is as bad as Trump.
3.) Again and again I keep seeing people post “I’m going to vote with my heart” – NO!! Please don’t do that. Vote with your brain. Use reason, logic and intelligence and not emotion.
4.) Actual real revolutionary change could happen but Americans don’t want it, they either are too whiny, cynical or ambivalent – 70M people don’t vote. If they did, things would be different (don’t understand)
5.) NLP techniques, even when dumbed down, work – Trump repeats little NLP style nuanced sound bites and peoples eyes light up. “It’s gonna be great!” or “We’re going to make the most terrific health care plan ever!” – positive leaning slogans that have no basis in reality. (don’t understand)
6.) Hillary Clinton has actually never been even been charged for a crime yet she’s had to face dozens of accusations. No one is that slippery – even one would have eventually caught up to her at this point should she be guilty. Where there’s smoke there’s fire sorta thing. Or is she Teflon Hilary?
7.) Smart, well intentioned, liberal people who can’t stomach voting for Hilary Clinton are in fact white, employed and privileged. When this idea was initially put forth (by the Atlantic? I forget the original source article) a few months back I didn’t believe it at first. But now, seeing it in action it’s true. I’m stunned. What they need to remember is that it’s not about them – it’s about the decades (60 years maybe?) of civil rights progress that could potentially be set back should Trump become president.
Other things too: the Russians are playing us like a fiddle, main stream media did this to us, not all Trumpers are racists but those who aren’t don’t mind that the rest are
Note: I originally posted this on Facebook and had a hunch that people would resonate or disagree with it but I did expect there to be so much fiery vitriol to go back and forth in the comments. Some of it, admittedly, by myself, got a little carried away. Simply put – after taking 18 months worth of information from countless sources this is my position. I wanted to post a link to the original FB post below so you can check out the community dialogue should you desire.
One of the most important issues facing nearly everyone in the Western world is the onset of technology addiction. It’s effecting all of us. It’s so bad that we literally gather together in person yet don’t engage, we stare at our phones. Nancy Colier came on the podcast this week to talk about her new book ‘The Power of Off – The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in A Virtual World.” Nancy is a brilliant and thoughtful psychotherapist and spiritualist who has a really well rounded and realistic view of how to tackle this problem and what the core symptoms are. I could have talked to Nancy for hours about what we’re seeing around us, what I’m experiencing in my own life and what to do about it. I hope you enjoy the episode and I’m sure most of you can relate with it.
INTRO RANT – 7 things I’ve recently learned and still don’t understand about the electorate and 2 things I’ve learned about the ironies of technology
Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist in private practice, an ordained interfaith minister, mindfulness teacher, relationship coach, author and blogger. She graduated from the University of Virginia, Columbia University School of Social Work, the Focusing Institute and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Mindfulness and Buddhist practices form the ground of her psychotherapy and spiritual counseling practice. A long time student of eastern spirituality and non-duality, Nancy helps to uncover the awareness, joy and presence that is the ground of well-being. Her work serves to connect clients with their authentic truth, remember their body’s wisdom. and know for themselves that they are spiritual beings on a human journey.
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