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The Mind — Alan Watts

In this video, Alan Watts discusses worry, thinking, and endless chatter of the mind. He advises that we need to stop the endless chatter of our minds in order to be present. Listen to a wide range of exclusive awesome Alan Watts recordings at BetterListen. Mindfulness Audio Programs | Best Sellers | Free & Special Offers Want more actionable-wisdom? Sign up for […]

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7 Best Ram Dass Quotes: A Countdown.

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The Future of Heroism with Sam Keen Part 2

Today we are happy to bring you the second part of the transcription from Sam Keen's "The Future of Heroism" as he explores past visions of heroes, finding your own heroic image, and what forms of heroism the future may call for.

I think now, as we view our future, it's sort of like in 19th century, the search for the sources of the Nile. Here's darkest Africa and they knew certain landmarks, they had not explored the continent. The continent of the future is obviously unexplored. We do know the elements that will go into the makeup of the future.

There will be, first of all, choice. The future is not determined, it is not determined, it is not written in our stars, or in our genes what our future will be because we're storytelling animals. The future is a choice and the question is who will choose it. Who will tell the story? Will it be they, or will it be you who tells the story?

The second thing is that the future will also be created by novelty by things over which we have no control. There will be elements that we don't choose. It may, for instance, be the case that we have no population problems at all.  All you have to do is look at the increased strains of virulent diseases which are resistant to antibiotics because we have made them stronger and stronger and stronger by the overuse of antibiotics, or the use of antibiotics even, and realize that it could be that the most viable.  It could be that one alternative future that we will not have any ecological problems. Same reason the American Indians didn't. There weren't enough of them around to pollute, fundamentally.

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The Man Woman Thing: Love and the Gender War - Part II

Today we are happy to bring part two of the transcription preview, The Man Woman Thing: Love and the Gender War from Sam Keen. Learn more about his thoughts on today's way of life based on power, control, and the constant battle perpetuated between women and men. 

The story that we tell about ourselves in Western culture, the gender story that we tell about ourselves goes all the way from our theology, how we think about God, how we think about bodies, to how we think about sexuality.

The story is told that Adam and Eve, coming out of the Garden of Eden, that Adam said to Eve, "Well my dear, we live in an age of transition." And that's true, but the transition, not withstanding, the stories that we tell about men and women and the structure of reality remain very much the same.

I'll tell you another story.  The story is told about an anthropologist who went to the South Seas Islands and began to talk about all the various customs there, and in the course of events, they got around to the sexual practices. And so they're supposedly, I guess, very inventive in South Seas Islands, so her informant told her about all these things, all these things that they did, and everything else, and got up to 78 different sexual positions that they use. And so finally, her informant ran out, and so she turned the tables on the anthropologist and asked her, "Well, you know, in the United States, What do you do? How do you do these things?" And the anthropologist said, "Well, you know, sort of, you know, the standard way, the missionary position." And she said,"Well, what's that?" And she said, "You know, the man on top and the woman underneath." The woman looks at her and says, "79!"

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