Monthly Archives: February 2018

Black Panther – The King Returns



“Black Panther” opened this weekend to universal praise and massive success at the box-office. It seems to be yet another cultural phenomenon created by the ultra successful Marvel Studios, coming on the heels of one cultural phenomenon after another. And this one may be the most impactful yet.

Today WYT welcomes Jeff Salzman of the DailyEvolver.com for an Integral Chat on “Black Panther.”  We both agree, it’s really good, it’s culturally important, but, as I ask Jeff in today’s show… is “Black Panther” truly Integral? Does it come from that place which we, as a society, as a species, are trying to reach? Is it a guidepost to help us get there?

And while we’re at it, what and where is that place? What are the muses on about, anyway? What do the great myths communicate to us? And why do they bring the same themes over and over again for each generation?

Let me summarize a story for you, and you tell me… Is this story brand new? Does it really come from the 1960’s or 70’s?  Maybe the Dark Ages? Earlier than that?

Or is it simply eternal?

A King with a mystical origin and a great calling – to raise others up and unify his world through the highest principles – faces the return of a forgotten child, a blood relative with a claim on his throne, and an agenda of destruction born of grievance, pain and hatred. A great warrior who has suffered and knows all about injustice… who wants to lead the kingdom and correct the wrongs of the world his own way. Where does the King – or any hero – find the power to defeat a villain who makes a pretty damn good point?

And are these eternal messages also central to the amazing ten-year roll Marvel Studios has been on? What is it about their films that taps so acutely into our collective aspirations, our past, present, and future? What is it that audiences are so hungry for? And why is this phenomenon happening now?

Let’s talk it over…

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Traditional Values We Can’t Evolve Without



It’s time for another Integral Chat with Jeff Salzman of the DailyEvolver.com. This is the first of a three part series we have planned wherein we look deep at the heart and soul of each of the three most prevalent orientations of human conscious active in the world today.

3 Groups currently struggle for the steering wheel of the human race.

Traditionalists, Modernists, and Post Modernists.

3 groups who don’t get along, and are finding it harder and harder to even talk to each other. We’re going to need to fix that… soon.

The idea of this series is to find the “gold” of each in the hopes that the sooner we realize we need to carry it forward – to Integrate it, as the name of this particular theory promises we can – the faster our species will collectively move to the next level… to attain the ability to hold multiple perspectives, to stop insisting on the exclusivity of our racial, national, or intellectual tribes, and get on with the business of growing the hell up. 

After all, that’s what we’re really here for, right?

To start this series of conversations, our subject today is the Traditional mindset. Personally, I have great affinity for this angle of approach to life.  These are the storytellers, the myth makers and myth believers.  Though I will answer to “post modern lib-tard” from time to time, I do believe that the most important things in life tend to be the unseen elements largely rejected by Modern and Post-modern thought.

I believe that the Traditionalist’s ability to rally around an abstract idea is a great strength. One that we as a species lose at our peril.

I also believe that this great strength of the Traditionalist – the ability to lean on the unseen, on morals, ethics and things of the spirit when science and raw power is not enough – appears to be hanging by a thread. In fighting a losing battle against time and species evolution, many Traditionalists, it seems, have fallen sway to words they want to hear, promises coming from outside themselves, instead of drawing power from the invisible, silent, and incorruptible soul within.

The Traditionalists are the keepers of soul wisdom. They hold that fire for us all. They wait for us to remember how important it is. And I see evidence that many of them are losing faith. And again, we ALL lose what they hold at our peril.

To represent the best in Traditional values, I put together a short video featuring the words of Joseph Campbell, Jordan Peterson, and scenes from one of the great films about the possibilities –  both good and bad – of America and our amazing experiment in self-governance, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart. Watch the whole film and see that 1939 was more 2018 than we might think.

Notes: We finally bought a house! Moving in Friday. The “What’s Your Theory” offices will be up and running as soon as the golden fountains are installed and the shark tanks are filled. So new podcasts will be coming much more regularly very soon.

And WYT is now being recorded in Video. So now you can listen as normal or watch on this page or on Youtube as new episodes become available.