“An implicit feature of spiritual training is that it allows its adherents to distance themselves from their egos, and thereby from things such as the need for social approval or success. [….] But as a new paper explains, spiritual training may have the opposite effect. Namely, spiritual training might in fact enhance people’s need to feel ‘more successful, more respected or more loved’ […].”
In case you missed it: The 2011 documentary Kūmāré was quite an intriguing and entertaining social experiment. It explores the need for leaders and gurus that is hardwired into the brains of many humans and the powerful psychological mechanisms that are triggered by this need. Check out the trailer below and learn more about the…
“There is this sense […] of ‘the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people.’ […] That’s not activism, that’s not bringing about change. If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not gonna get that far. That’s easy to do.” Barack Obama
More and more people consider themselves to be “spiritual”. And while few of them can actually pin down this term, many agree with “spiritual” wisdoms and statements that to the unenlightened mind make no sense at all. Like this one, for instance:
“The planet is fine. The people are fucked.”
Very much to the point. Also an ingenious PR idea. A win-win-situation?
Old, but gold: This short film was published on the old version of this blog already, before the rebuild. Today it’s still very fresh and exciting, both in respect to the animation skills and the underlying message. Gotta love the end…
Hypnotic quality as usual from Sebastian Mullaert. But what really hits the mark is the vocal sample in this Wa We Wu track, taking you on a meditation on the willingness to give up hope.
The Bomb is a compelling audio-visual experience that opens a dark perspective on some of humanity’s highest technological achievements. Original soundtrack by The Acid. Available on Netflix.
In this short film Steve Cutts portrayals the everyday life of the great majority of people out there: Happiness in the spiraling age of consumerism.
Low-impact actions, such as recycling, were still worth doing: “All of those are good things to do. But they are more of a beginning than an end. They are certainly not sufficient to tackle the scale of the climate challenge that we face.” Reflections on the much avoided subject of overpopulation.
The super food of today might well be declared super unhealthy tomorrow.
A different view on what is widely considered a healthy diet these days: The Guardian ran an interesting-to-read interview with Anthony Warner, the man behind the blog Angry Chef, who’s “on a mission to confront the ‘alternative facts’ surrounding nutritional fads and myths”. Read the full interview here.
The untiring outdoor enthusiast Yvon Chouinard hits the mark 17 times in this inspiring quote collection: 1. “Taking a trip for six months, you get in the rhythm of it. It feels like you can go on forever doing that. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that. Because you get these high-powered…
Not so sure about this New Wave style of music, but the video and its message really hit the mark.
Well-written article in the New York Times, already more than a year old but still up-to-date as it can be: […] Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of…
An ode to gluten-free diets, transformational retreats and what else is commonly referred to as alternative culture these days.
A talk on the global phenomen of Thought Leadership…
English comedian and writer John Cleese makes a very appropriate statement about how Political Correctness has come to a point where it restricts the freedom of speech.
Happiness is only real when shared: Social media attributed a whole new meaning to this actually beautiful quote…