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Most people know Salk as the man who dicovered the vaccine for Polio and decided to share his dicovery free of charge. First time I heard of him, was when I came across his book “Survival of the Wisest”. In it, he suggests that there is another way to look at evolution, in which cooperation is more relevant than competition or the survival of the fittest. Salk tried to bridge the gap between science and social studies and explain how compassion and kindness are actually natural, especially from a scientific standpoint.

„It is as if nature, evolution, and mind have many qualities in common and can be viewed as different ways of percieving the basic phenomena of order and existence.“

Though written in the 70ies this book is more relevant than ever. Today especially the sustainability movement is referencing Salk’s work.

Cloudy Friday is the perfect day to listen to some Alan Watts. He elaborates about the true meaning of life and what life’s purpose is. In the second part of this lecture he talks to a group of psychologists about philosophical problems in therapy  – one of my favortie lectures.

Ram Dass interviews Thich Nhat Hanh at State of the Wold forum. Thich Nhat Hanh talks about using mindfulness to take tender loving care of our anger. Being aware and mindful of our breathing helps us to take good care of our emotions. Our anger is like a flower that needs the sunshine of our mindfulness. May you get well soon Thich Nhat Hanh!

Thomas Merton

The saints are what they are, not because their sanctity make them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everybody else. Thomas Merton

 

One of the most entertaining and at the same time uplifting stories I’ve heard in a long time. The new documentary “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” tells the story of a remarkable person. GO SEE IT! You will be amazed from beginning to end. I love love love this movie so much. You will be entertained and learn something at the same time. Shep Gordon conducted his entire life by doing compassionate business. I am a real pessimist at times, or as I like to refer to it, a realist. But this documentary made me feel that good things do happen to good people. Check out the trailer 🙂

This is a little extra clip from Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” webseries. This clip was not in the original Show that aired with Howard Stern. Jerry and Howard discuss how transcendental meditation affected their life and work.

Last night I had this thought about language and how it helps us to connect and at the same time is limiting us. After all not everyone is a poet, a writer or a philosopher. Alan Watts discusses in this talk the wonder of the universe and how hard it is to convey feelings and translate them into language.

I love this song:

You just want to live your life
The best way you know how
But they keep on telling you
That you are not allowed

They say that you are sick
That you should hang your head in shame
They are pointing fingers
And want you to take the blame

There are days when people are
So nasty and convincing
They say things beyond belief
That sting and leave you wincing
And to boot they say their words
Come straight down from above
And they really seem to think
That what they’re doing counts as love

(Chorus)
This pain –
It is a glacier moving through you
And carving out deep valleys
And creating spectacular landscapes
And nourishing the ground
With precious minerals and other stuff
So don’t you become paralyzed with fear
When things seem particularly rough

(Verse)
Don’t you pay them fuckers as they say no never mind
They don’t give 2 shits about you it’s the blind leading the blind
What they want is commonly referred to as theocracy
And what that boils down to is referred as hypocrisy

Don’t listen to anyone, get answers on your own
Even if it means that sometimes you feel quite alone
No one on this planet can tell you what to believe
People like to talk a lot and they like to deceive

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Marc Maron interviews Lena Dunham on WTF Podcast
I love listening to podcasts of comedians. They are insightful commentators on the human condition. I have posted a lecture by Alan Watts called the “Joker and the Monk” in a previous post. Click on this link. In this WTF Podcast episode he talks to the creator and star of the Series “Girls” about modern art, feminism, filmmaking, dating and a morbid fascination with death. Click on this link and listen to the podcast. I have posted an earlier WTF Podcast interview with therapist Phil Stutz – if you haven’t heard it. you can click on this link.

So many of my friends have posted this video on facebook. Twenty strangers kiss for the first time… I don’t know why, but I really really love this video. We all have to kiss much more. I am putting it on my To-Do-List for this week/month/year/ LIFE – Need to kiss more 🙂