As a podcast dedicated to Culture and Consciousness Evolution, it really makes sense to celebrate the 50th birthday of one the biggest cultural touchstones of consciousness evolution in the mass communication era by talking it all over with Jeremy D. Johnson.
Jeremy has an essay on 2001 up over @ Evolve and Ascend. com you can read right here… (and you should!).
I’m going on a brief vacation, but we’ll have lots more conversations coming up on WYT in August and into the fall. Jeff Salzman will be back in a couple of weeks, Jeremy will return in August to do a deep dive into both Blade Runner movies, and we will very likely be doing another episode by episode Dive into the second season of Star Trek: Discovery in the fall.
And very likely in this Fall…
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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.
A Very Special Star Trek addition of the Integral Chat (with video!*) – wherein Jeff Salzman makes the glorious mistake of asking me to talk about Star Trek.I’m still in the midst of a move and a house-hunt in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Much of my stuff remains in storage so my podcasting schedule has suffered a bit. To bridge the gap, It’s time to bust out the Special Star Trek Episode of the Integral Chat with Jeff Salzman of the DailyEvolver.com!
In my experience, people who are interested in the same kinds of things I’m interested in often have a soft spot for Star Trek. I know I sure do. This is an exchange Jeff and I had a few months ago on a different podcast. Long story short, Jeff has never watched Star Trek before. He saw the “Integral” thinking in something I said about it, and wanted to learn more. Star Trek is clearly a story with lasting cultural impact (50 years and counting worth of TV shows, feature films, novels, comic books, and video games), but beyond the obvious… What’s it all about? Why does it mean so much to so many people?
So I assigned “City on the Edge of Forever” from the original series and “The Inner Light” from TNG as homework, then we came back and talked Star Trek for an hour. If you are a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, or of awesome nerdy things in general, you might really enjoy this. I certainly did.