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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    Hi Wind, yeah, I agree completely, but he has critics, of course.
    He must be one of those dangerous Marxists! I'm only half-joking, but at least he sees the insanity of holy capitalism.

    What is obvious is that he cares. The attention he gets is natural as he is a rational competent psychologist. He isn't trying to dominate, he is trying to help ...
    Indeed and to me that is a sign of a compassionate, integrated soul.

    I've actually changed my opinion of Brand, there is a lot more to him that I actually suspected.
    I'm glad to hear that! He too is a man of compassion for sure.

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    Documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan is determined to confront hate and prejudice by meeting some of the most extremist groups in the world. She has sat down with White Supremicists in the US and interviewed former Jihadists to further understand what drives people to join these groups. Her film "White Right: Meeting The Enemy" won an Emmy and is available on Netflix. We discuss the role politics, class, feminism and everything in between plays in relation to this issue.

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    What a conversation that was! And it made a lot of sense. LOVE can change everything.

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    You're ruining the Nazis, taking them down one by one
    Whatever is true. Whatever is noble. Whatever is right. Whatever is lovely. Whatever is admirable. Anything of excellence and worthy of praise. Dwell on these things. Jesus Christ (I agree)

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    Because of her Scandinavian sounding accent I thought she's Swedish, but I found out that she's actually Norwegian.

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    I learned a new term last night, "flipping the tortilla" ... She flipped the tortilla.
    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    There is some chemistry going on there ...

    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    I learned a new term last night, "flipping the tortilla" ... She flipped the tortilla.
    Care to elaborate?

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    sure, rather than putting the focus on the 'bad guys' ... she is putting the focus on 'us' ... Very admirable approach. She is correct, for sure. I don't have that kind of energy going.
    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    Incidentally the chemistry i referred to was between Brand and the interviewee ... I think they like each other ... physically.

    ahh, they did it ... starting talking about sex ... did you notice how they both giggled. I nailed it again ... damn I'm good!
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    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    "What’s happened now is that spiritual experiences since the 1970’s have been re-branded as things that are good for your health; this started with meditation. Meditation is now practiced by many millions of people, about 18 million Americans now meditate. And most meditation was traditionally carried out in order to connect with the realm of the spirit, whether it was Brahman or Nirvana or God… I mean, contemplative prayer in all traditions was a way of connecting with the Ultimate source of consciousness. But that’s not how it’s being portrayed in the secular world. It’s being portrayed as a way of reducing blood pressure, overcoming stress, leading a more fulfilling life, sleeping better… and I think much the same thing has happened with yoga. I mean yoga is part of a Hindu spiritual tradition, but in its Western export it’s all about keeping the body supple and attractive; good health, fitness and so forth.

    These traditional spiritual practices have been secularized and it’s precisely because they’ve been secularized that it’s been possible for scientists to investigate them… I think it’s significant that there are several thousand papers on the effects of meditation — brain scans, physiological measurements, heart beat, stress-hormone levels like cortisol in the blood — but very, very few studies on prayer, because prayer is inherently religious, you can’t pray unless you believe there is a form of consciousness beyond yourself to which you pray, whereas you can meditate if you think it’s all going on inside your head. It’s much harder to treat prayer in a secular spirit than it is to treat meditation [in a secular spirit]…”

    "We need to respond to our present ecological crisis practically, by making appropriate social, political, economic, and technological changes. We need to look at the attitudes that have led to such devastation of the earth and to find a more harmonious way of living. And those of us who believe in the power of prayer need to pray for forgiveness and guidance. If a wiser and juster human order comes about, if a new harmony develops between humanity and the living world, this would indeed seem like an answer to prayer."

    ~ Rupert Sheldrake

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    Quote Originally posted by Wind View Post
    that's exactly correct ... Everything is connected. We all call it different things but it is the same thing. It is a thread between higher mind and the ineffable (it is why we give it different names, because we don't really know what it is or where it is but we know it exists. We have too much anecdotal evidence to think otherwise.)
    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    A reflection of slavery as an improvement over blood sacrifice... hmm, not much of an improvement really.
    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    I was just thinking about the corrupting patterns I've seen happen with people who have come into a lot of money.

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