Bopping along through history, with different players but a through line, we go from the emergence of primitive human who took hundreds of thousands of years to even start to use tools, to the more modern eras where we have moved though thinking we could own human beings to recognizing that ALL people, whatever their religion, sexual orientation, or skin color, have an equal place at the humanity table.
These blog posts form a collection. They are a treasure trove of food for thought to spark conversation. So, grab a cup of consciousness, tour around, chew on some tasty transformation, and let’s talk!
Seeing what a big world it is out there, I’d understand people being skeptical about my evaluation of Jodie Evans, but that wouldn’t shake my conviction that if she wanted to she could become the president of the U.S. If America knew her, I bet they’d elect her. She would be the one we have been waiting for, who would get us off our primitive commitment to making war.
Peace is her game and she has all categories covered. A political activist, author, and documentary film producer, comfortable from board rooms to war zones, she’s smart, historically astute, well-informed, beautiful, gracious, and kind. Best if all, she doesn’t want power. I met Jodie in the early ‘90s when she was Jerry Brown’s campaign manager and I hosted breakfasts for this maverick politician who early on was preaching environmental awareness and campaign finance reform. Some 40 years later, on leaving his second round as Governor, he appointed Jodie to the California Arts Commission that she helped him found during his first term from her advocacy for art as what ennobles the human being. She’s most publicly known as a founder of CODE Pink, a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism that was started in an effort to prevent the US invasion of Iraq.
To know Jodie is to love her. She has a warmth that doesn’t stop. You can see it. She shines. She gives herself to so many causes that it doesn’t seem like one person could do all that. However, when a philanthropy organization we both belong to gave her a 3-year term as its president, she did the kind of job you’d have thought was her only one. She is our mother hen, hatching a new society where we radically reimagine and transform our relationships so they are defined by love, by care and compassion and sacredness, by the qualities that nourish our souls and enrich our humanity.
To listen to the full episode of this podcast on iTunes or Google Play and for more information on Jodie Evans go to: www.SUESpeaks.org/podcast
A teaser for Podcast Episode 6:
The next 20 years is a time in history when humanity’s future is up for grabs, and what could be pivotal is what Joel Solomon is advocating. It starts with people becoming conscious of how investment money is deployed. More of the same, where maximizing profit is the only consideration, and capitalism hits the wall of the greed that endangers us, where a wake-up to invest in what does good for humanity can give us a long-term future. He says we have the intelligence and capacity for that positive outcome, and, if the smartest people on the planet came together, they would figure it all out.
Joel is at the vanguard of The Clean Money Revolution, which involves a change of mindset to where doing good with money supersedes possessing it – better to be a billionaire of love so to speak than hoarding all that cash. That’s not Joel rejecting profit; his venture capital firm manages over $200M, but none of it is invested in what harms the world.
All of what Joel does comes out of who Joel is, which for me is a model for how to be. There’s a fundamental fairness button Joel has that’s inspirational. I hope he had enough of a platform in our podcast to have enrolled you in the Clean Money Revolution, where we’d go from an extractive economy to a generative one, not using money just to make money but investing money so that it becomes a force for good. To listen to the full episode of this podcast on iTunes or Google Play and for more information on Joel Solomon go to: https://suespeaks.org/podcast/#JoelS
A teaser for Podcast Episode 5:
Jane Goodall does a star turn. She is so on it for our bottom line. When I listen to her I think that if everyone in the world were listening we’d change our ways.
My favorite quote for this moving video:
“It depends on changing attitudes. If we could just get a critical mass of us who start to think about the consequences…We just have to get it through to our thick heads that what we do as an individual certainly in the big scheme of things doesn’t make a difference, but what we do collectively as billions of human beings making the right ethical choices, that’s going to move us in the right direction.”
I feel funny issuing commands to my Google Assistant without my saying please and then my not saying thank you after it talks to me with a man’s voice as if it’s a person. What is there to say about this absence of civility? Is graciousness being programmed out of us in these meeting places where machines behave like humans and humans behave like machines? Is a mechanistic type of humanity what we are becoming?
I think we should be talking about this. It should be on our minds. We may want to deal with it. But, first, we have to realize there is something to be dealt with.
We no doubt can’t change what is reducing our humanity, but, to counter those things, we could be doing other things that add to our humanity.
One idea I have is about a connecting grid all across the world. Think of an app you can get on anytime you have 10 or 15 minutes to spare to randomly connect with someone somewhere who speaks your language. You’d have some prompts for what to talk about. This is a deck of talking topics I made that would invite meaningful sharing.
These engagements are just for that one connection – no ongoing pen pals or anything besides that little exchange. There would be a map of the world that gets another light wherever there’s a conversation.
Any other ideas out there?
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The world and I are one. It hasn’t always been so. For a long time, Earth was for me to live on and to do things on. I was a very high achiever in an upper middle class family where my parents expected a good performance and cheered me on. As a child, I saw the world through the eyes of my lawyer father, the closest thing in my life to God, who would explain what I needed to satisfy my limited curiosity. I never felt involved in any of it. Wars were good guys and bad guys doing their thing, and disasters around the globe were like movies and not meaningful in my life.
I am a 180 from there now. Maybe it was psychedelics that burst my materialist bubble. Or, the Human Potential Movement when encounter groups pushed me out of my comfort zone. I do remember a long time of being in-between worlds, when I tried to convince my parents that curiosity was in order. It was a hard sell.
I am unconscionably old now, something I never expected. Concern with self and caring about oneness are playing out in one theater now and I’m the audience, wondering what the drama is all about. While the curtain is up, something has to be going on, but “so what” is a haunting question.
It’s odd to be stuck in reality when the curtain is coming down. Omg, so much trouble humans are in and I’m the achiever so it’s my job to fix that. How can I not knock Trump off his soapbox? He’s depraved. This drama we are in, where people pretend he’s acceptable, is surreal. We argue about his policies, things we can get our teeth into, or the tweets he sends or the laws he breaks, but, with him mean-spirited and endangering the world, the nightmare is being slept through. My job, dammit, is to get him removed.
Closing thought for this riff is some gratitude that I care. I guess. If I didn’t, I could concentrate on having a good time. I could paint again, and read books. I could eat out and find whatever else sweetens a life more than full-time calculation does. But oye, oye, oye, oye, I am stuck in you being me, motivated and despairing, not knowing how to get the world fixed in my time.
Maybe start a club. The Fixers. Big job. We take it on.
Lex Hixon, my superstar friend who died young, left me with this membership qualification. If it fits you, be in touch and let’s see where we go from here:
A coalition already exists in spirit. It is coming together now in the social context by the attraction of its unconventional intelligence and compassionate form of high-mindedness. This natural coalition is drawn together by the recognition that the elevation of consciousness is our fundamental life work. This is a genuinely democratic, self-organizing force, flowing through persons of all descriptions. This force does not flourish as any highly structured form. It is not an institution or a foundation or a non-profit company or anything conventionally named. This coalition is a living organism — natural, wild, free. It is made up of individuals devoted to serving the world and developing themselves as finely tuned instruments of service. They learn to gather in the energy of will-to-good, from which authentic goodwill flows out subtly to the entire world.
Victoria Moran is a high priestess in the vegan world. After eleven books on spirituality and well-being and weight loss, which got her on Oprah twice, she became not only the author of books about veganism and a leading spokesperson for it, but also the founder of The Vegan Academy, which has graduated hundreds of lifestyle coaches who spread the vegan word and help people with their vegan diets. Victoria being my podcast guest may seem odd to people who know me as the author of The Anybody Can Make It, Everybody Will Love it Cookbook, that’s anything but vegan, but I recognize the value of a lifestyle that’s becoming ever more popular as well as the charms and wisdom and authenticity of one of my favorite friends who, twenty years ago, was my Salon guest on a book tour for Shelter for the Spirit, about how to turn your home into a scared space. Thanks to Victoria, although the gourmet in me would hate to convert, I recognize that if everyone became vegan it could alleviate the greatest threat to human survival, which is global warming. You’ll be very moved by that if you see A Prayer for Compassion, the documentary film Victoria just produced. I wish we were on video because Victoria is a gorgeous human being who well deserves the award she got from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50! To listen to the full episode of this podcast on iTunes or Google Play and for more information on Victoria Moran go to: www.SUESpeaks.org/podcast