Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen" Speech
Your choices are half chance. So are everyone elses.
Bob Dylan's "Last Thoughts On Woodie Guthrie" (1963)
Originally discovered by me with EJ in Tulsa.
Read out loud by me to a group of strangers in Grand Canyon circa 2018
and lived a few blocks away from Brooklyn State Hospital.
Alan Watt's Musings on "Work As Play."
"WhateverIf a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. " - MLK Jr.
Portrait of a "Rainbow Warrior" by Jose Sáenz de Heredia
Ancient Hopi Prophecy of Rainbow Warrior
Namesake of Greenpeace Ship which Jose and I boarded together in Barcelona circa 2009
Afterwards, he drew this !
Benjamin Franklin... my man (the way Denzel Washington says it)
the original lifehacker !
Rugger Burke's 5 Resolutions for Life Vignettes (click to read full)
"Self-centeredness is our natural gravity to overcome.
Balance selfishness with selflessness.
Balance taking with giving.
Attach less to things.
Less I, me, my and more you, we, and us.
Be present with others. Open your heart to them
and listen. Really listen.
Practice: ask first, tell second.
Let go of hate.
Hate is a disease and, in its many forms—
anger, judgment, and fear—will sicken its host.
Relieve it with the antidotes of curiosity and compassion.
Free yourself from the idea of good and bad—
particularly in relation to the opinions of others,
and consider that there may be only observations and preferences.
Always remember that your state of mind is your choice.
And this choice confers upon us the power to create
the experience of our lives and the lives of those connected to us.
If there is one great truth, it is this: we cocreate our world."
Hafiz the Persian Poet sharing our true nature.
Pronounced Ha-feh-z although Ha-fee-z is more fun to say !
A special take on good Friendship by Phil Kaye & Sarah Kay.
In the days of social media and ghosting, it is worthwhile to revisit the virtues of true friendship
which I feel this spoken word poem touches on towards the end:
"When the fire takes all you have, my home will be your home.
When you are old and can no longer remember my face, I will meet you for the first time again and again...
When they call your number for the draft, I will enlist to fight beside you. And I will march with you, from Selma to Montgomery and back as many times as it takes.
I receive the best of you and the worst of you and I choose both."
"I AM AWESOME !!!" Spoken Word by Sekou Andrews
That little extra cup !
Fat Boy Slim "Weapon of Choice" Music Video
If there was any doubt how cool Christopher Walken is. Look at this man move !
THE "ROCKY" SERIES
One of my greatest inspirations about fighting to build your highest potential life.
Picasso's Motherly Love
Saw first at the Art Institute of Chicago (circa 2014) building on Eric Fromm's unconditional biological love between a human mother and child. This is maybe the first painting where I actually felt emotional looking and feeling into it.
Word Renowned Environmentalist Aldo Leopold's
"Thinking Like A Mountain" Short Essay
First read in Dr. Ricardo Rozzi's course (circa 2003)
Redefining age-old concepts of masculinity, Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette make the argument that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others. Moore and Gillette clearly define the four mature male archetypes that stand out through myth and literature across history:
Aristotle's 11 Virtues teaches us the nuances of excess and deficient embodiment of certain values.
Jerry Zucker. A man I have never met but deeply admire (starts 1 hour in)
Regenesis Group's Three Lines of Work
SCHOOL OF LIFE YouTube Video Series
I am obsessed. Here are a few of my favorites but there are hundreds ranging from literature, philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, capitalism, and much more. Please do yourself a favor and get lost in these videos.
Sacagawea, Lewis, & Clark Expedition
Thomas Jefferson's biography of "The Life of Captain Lewis" written from Monticello in August 1813 (nearly 10 years after the expedition began) which I would frame as one of the original American moonshots.
Listen to the way Jefferson describes this man:
"Of courage undaunted; possessing a firmness and perseverance of purpose which nothing but impossibilities could divert from its direction ; careful as a father of those committed to his charge, yet steady in the maintenance of order and discipline ; habituated to the hunting life; guarded by exact observation of the vegetables and animals of his own country, against losing time in the description of objects already possessed ; honest, disinterested, liberal, of sound understanding, and a fidelity to truth so scrupulous that whatever he should report would be as certain as if seen by ourselves; with all these qualifications, as if selected and implanted by nature in one body for this express purpose, I could have no hesitation in confiding the enterprise to him."
PS. I bet you didn't know Captain Lewis was apprehended bu Russian authorities and dropped off in Poland. Or that his father's uncle was a member of the Kings Circle before the revolution and another married General Washington's sister.
David Emerald's Drama Triangle to Empowerment Dynamic
where are you now? Make the shift !
Rob Brezsny's 'Pronoia' the antidote to Paranoia
Whereas a person suffering from paranoia feels that persons or entities are conspiring against them, a person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good.
"Opulance" by Contrapoints
Love this ! Watched tons of times because it is like drinking from the fire hose.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was best friends with Martin Luther King Jr. part of his inner circle. This interview is profound. Just after King’s assassination but before Heschel died.
Heather Monroe on the "Trauma Bonding; The Insecure Relationship Cycle." Man, I sure wish I learned this sooner :)
Explaining the size and scope of the observable universe. Wow !!! Mind blown.
Life is way bigger than us.
Johnny Cash's Ragged Old Flag
First saw in Nashville circa 2021 at Johnny Cash Musuem with Mo.