* Suffering - Trich Nhat Hanh
* Malidoma Some
** Corporate Power
** Mother Earth
* Equity - Anthony Taylor
* Joseph Campbell
**Consciousness, Control, and Systems for Humanity
** Indians see Buffalo as thou
** You and The Other are One
* Jia Jiang - Avoiding Rejection
* Peter Levine - Honor the Internal World
* Ashton Kutcher - Three Things
Suffering - Trich Nhat Hanh
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.”
"For example, behind the might-looking corporations are a group of wealthy people whose personal lives are lived in marginality. To maintain the show of corporate power, they must give up something of themselves, their spirit. These people start to become invisible because they are mere instruments of the power being displayed, the power being made visible. They take a back seat to the corporation's need to be powerful. They then begin to lose touch with their own souls, with the world of the invisible. This is why they are marginal. The greatest needs ends up being expressed by these people and through these people.
It is the action of those in power that produces the poor, the menial worker, the man and woman in debt and the homeless. Misused power triggers its exact opposite as if that opposite needed to be there to highlight the dysfunctionality of its creator. The menial worker, the man and woman in debt, the poor and homeless exist, as if they must, to highlight the person in power. The person who displays this kind of power needs more help than those who are, more or less, the casualties of this power display."
"More often than not, we think pain is a signal that we must stop, rather than find its source. Our souls do not like stagnation. Our souls aspire toward growth, that is, toward remembering all that we have forgotten due to our trip to this place, the earth. In this context, a body in pain is a soul in longing. To shut down the pain is to override the call of the soul. When this happens it is a repressive measure taken against oneself, which has somber consequences."
Nature teaches us how to suckle the great Mother Earth. Born out of her continuously fertile womb, the plants and tress are proud to show to us what the natural juice of our mother tastes like and how invigorating and empowering it is to rely on what she gives. Every person with a little spiritual awareness will recognize that Earth is our Mother. They will also find it easy to understand that nature is the most loyal child of Mother Earth. Where this is the case, such as in indigenous cultures, mothers are a true reflection of Mother Earth. They feed their children the same way that the earth feeds nature and us. Their children are constantly tucked to their body, sucking their bare breasts. This is how these children discover their intimate connection to the mother.
Similarly, the earth will never cease to be the mother, and we should never stop being her trusting children. In the context of our relationship with the earth, dependence is good. To deny our dependence on earth is to deny the mother, and to deny the mother is to deny the feminine. A mother whose job is not recognized will develop illness. I wonder if the epidemic of breast cancer is not symptomatic of the denial of the mother in Western culture. I wonder if people's attraction to synthetic food is not the denial of the real mother, the earth who brings forth food. I wonder if the mistreatment of the earth with chemicals, the sexual objectification of things feminine, and the mistreatment of women in general are not symptomatic of a deeply dysfunctional relationship with the mother.
"The Healing Wisdom of Africa" p 265
Equity -- Anthony Taylor of the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota
"...equity is not diversity; it’s not equality. That’s important. Equality is making sure everyone has shoes, whereas equity is making sure everyone has shoes that fit."
Consciousness, Control, and Systems for Humanity
Joseph Campbell: You see this thing up here [points at head], this consciousness thinks it's running the shop. It's a secondary organ. It's a secondary organ of a total human being and it must not put itself _in__control_. It must submit and serve the humanity of the body. When it does put itself in control you get this fodder. The man who's gone over to the intellectual side.
You see the thing is, that our living in terms of the humanity, he's [Luke Skywalker] living in terms of a system and this is a threat to our lives. We all face it. We all operate in our society in relationship to a system. Now is the system gonna eat you up and releive you of your humanity or are you going to be able to use the system to human purposes?
Bill Moyers: Would the hero with a thousand faces help us to answer that question about how to change the system so that we are not serving in it?
Joseph: I don't think it would help you to change the system but it would help you to live in the system as a human being.
Bill: By doing what?
Joseph: Well like Luke Skywalker, by not going over, but resisting its impersonal claims.
Bill: Well I can hear someone out there in the audience saying "Well that's all well and good for the imagination of a George Lucas or for the scholarship of a Joseph Campbell but that doesn't, isn't what happens in my life."
Joseph: You bet it does. [smiles] If the person doesn't listen to the demands of his own spiritual and heart life and insists on a certain program you're gonna have a schizophrenic crack-up. The person has put himself off center. The person has aligned himself with a programatic life and it's not the one the body's interested in at all. The world's full of people who have stopped listening to themselves. In my own life I've had many opportunities to commit myself to a system and to go with it and obey its requirements. My life has been that of a Maverick. I would not submit.
Bill: You really believe that the creative spirit ranges on its own out there beyond the boundaries.
Joseph: Ya I do.
Bill: Something of a hero in there and I don't mean to suggest that you see yourself as a hero.
Joseph: No I don't but I see myself as a Maverick. (laughs)
Bill: So perhaps the hero lurks in each one of us when we don't know it.
Joseph: Well yes our life evokes our character and you find out more about yourself as you go on and it's very nice to be able to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower.
-- Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers in The Power of Myth Episode 1: The Hero's Adventure
Indians see Buffalo as thou
Bill Moyers: What happened when the white man came and slaughtered this animal of reverence.
Joseph Campbell: That was a sacremental violation. In the 80s when the buffalo hunt was undertaken.
Bill: The 1880s
Joseph: When I was a boy whenever we went for slay rides we had a buffalo robe. Buffalo, buffalo, buffalo robes all over the place. This was a sacred animal to the Indians. These hunters go out with repeating rifles and shoot down the whole herd and leave it there! Take the skin to sell and the body is left to rot. This is a sacrilege. And it really is a sacrilege.
Bill: It turned the buffalo from a thou...
Joseph: To an it!
Bill: The Indians addressed the buffalo as thou, an object of reverence.
Joseph: The Indians addressed life as a thou, I mean trees, stones, everything else. You can address anything as a thou and you can feel the change in your psychology as you do it. The ego that sees a thou is not the same ego that sees an it. Your. Whole. Psychology. Changes. when you address things as an it.
Bill: Whether it's a war..
Joseph: And when you go to war with a people the problem of the newspapers is to turn those people into its so that they're not thous.
Bill: That was an incredible moment in the evolution of American society when the buffalo were slaughtered. That was the final exclamation point behind the desctruction of the Indian civilization.
Joseph: Can you imagine what the experience must have been for a people within 10 years to lose their environment?! To lose their food supply?! To lose the object, the central object of ritual life?
- Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers in The Power of Myth Episode 3: The First Storytellers around the 24 minute mark
You and The Other are One
Bill Moyers: Isn't there some relationship between what you're saying and this fact that a father will give his life for his son and a mother will give her life to her child?
Joseph Campbell: There's a wonderful paper, I don't that whether you knew that I would have loved to talk to this point (laughs). There's a wonderful paper by Shelton Hauer, who's one of my three favorite philosophers, called The Foundation of morality. There he asks exactly the question that you've asked:
How is it that a human being can so participate in the peril or pain of another that without thought, spontaneously he sacrifices his own life to the other? How can this happen that what we normally think of as the first law of nature, namely self preservation is suddenly dissolved? There's a breakthrough.
In Hawaii some four or five years ago there was an extraordinary adventure that represents this problem. There's a place there called the poly where the winds from the north, the trade winds from the north come breaking through a great ridge of rocks and of mountain and they come through with a great blast of wind and people like to go up there to get their hair blown around and so forth, or to commit suicide like jumping off the golden gate bridge.
Well a police car was on its way up an early little road that used to go up there and they saw just beyond a railing that keeps cars from rolling over, a young man actually, clearly, about to jump and prepare himself to jump. The police car stopped. The policeman on the right jumps out to grab the boy and grabs him just as he jumped and himself was being pulled over and would have gone over if the second cop hadn't gotten around grabbed him and pulled the two of them back. There was a long description of this; it was a marvelous thing in the newspapers at that time. And the policeman was asked: "Why didn't you let go? I mean you would have lost your life." And you see what happened to that man. This is what's known as one pointed meditation. Everything else in his life dropped off. His duty to his family, his duty to his job, his duty to his own career, all of his wishes and hopes for his life just disappeared! And he was about to go! and his answer was "I couldn't let go. If I had (and i'm quoting almost word for word) If I had let that young man go I could not have lived another day of my life." How Come?
Shelton Hauer's answer is: This is the breakthrough of a metaphysical realization that you and the other are one, and that the separateness is only an effect of the temporal sensibilities of time and space, and that true reality is that unity of all life. It is a metaphysical truth that becomes spontaneously realized because it's the real truth of your life. Now you might say the hero is the one who has given his physical life, you might say, to some order of realization of that truth, it may appear that I'm one with my tribe, or I'm one with people of a certain kind, or I'm one with life. This is not a concept, this is a realization. You see what I mean?
Bill Moyers: No explain it.
Joseph Campbell: And the concept of love your neighbor and all are to put you in tune with that fact but whether you love your neighbor or not, bing! the thing grabs you and you do this thing. You don't even know who it is! That policeman didn't know who that young man was. Shelton Hauer says in small ways you can see this happening every day all the time. This is a theme that can be seen moving life in the world, people doing nice things for each other.
Bill Moyers: What do you think has happened to this mythic idea of the hero in our culture today?
Joseph Campbell: It comes up in an experience. I remember during the Vietnam war seeing on the television young men in helicopters going out to rescue one of their companions at great risk to themselves; they didn't have to rescue that young man. That's the same thing working. It puts them in touch with the experience of being alive. Going to the office every day you don't get that experience but suddenly your ripped out into being alive and life is pain and life is suffering and life is horror but by god you're alive and it's spectacular! This is a case of being alive, rescuing that young man.
- Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers in The Power of Myth Episode 4: Sacrifice and Bliss around the 27 minute mark
Jia Jiang - Avoiding Rejection
We think of rejection as some sort of negative effect. When we put our heart out there and ask for something and we get a no, it's like something gets taken out of us, it's so bad. To avoid that negative experience, we just don't ask, that somehow it's positive. That's a lie, that's a lie we say to ourselves every day. When you are not going out there getting rejected you are getting rejected by yourself and as a result you're getting ignored by the world so when you need something go out and ask for it. You might get accepted or rejected, but you will not be ignored.
-- at Word Domination Summit around the 20:30 mark.
Peter Levine - Honor the Internal World
It is to our detriment that we live in a culture that does not honor the internal world. In many cultures, the internal world of dreams, feelings, images, and sesnsations is sacred. Yet, most of us are only peripherally aware of its existence or have little or no experience of finding our way around in this internal landscape. Consequently when our experience demands it, we are unprepared.
Ashton Kutcher - Three Things
You know in Hollywood and in the industry and in the stuff we do there's a lot of, like, insider secrets to keeping your career going and a lot of insider secrets to making things tick, and uh, I feel like a fraud. My name is actually not even Ashton. Ashton is my middle name. My first name's Chris, and it always has been. It got changed when I was like 19 and I became an actor. But there were some really amazing things I learned when I was Chris, and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it's helped me be here today. So it's really three things. The first thing is about opportunity. The second thing is about being sexy and the third thing is about living life.
So first opportunity. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my Dad carrying shingles up to the roof and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job at a factory sweeping cheerio dust off the ground and I've never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job and every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job. So opportunities look a lot like work.
Number two. Being sexy. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap! I promise you. It's just crap that people try to sell to you to to make you feel like less! So don't buy it! Be Smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.
The third thing is something I just relearned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs, and Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get into too much trouble and maybe get an education and make some money and have a family. But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing, and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you, and you can build your own things. You can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don't live one, build one. Find your opportunity and always be sexy [points at head].