Big thank you to the Placitas Library! It was a good gathering of Placitans thanks to Judy, Bob, Anne, and Cosmos (and I’m sure some others I don’t know about). Great job and great equipment.
Michelle Wargo conducted an interview with me about The Next Osama. It seems that Heartbeat Radio’s mission–to make people more aware of the messages with which they are surrounded–is right on line with the ultimate purpose of the book. In that spirit, we just disconnected our cable TV.
The book is stepping out in Huffington Post with an article that we hope will inspire Americans to wake up.
Wake up America!
There is a difference between fear that is useful and fear that is futile. We worry about sagging neck lines when we don’t think about our bloated and sagging national debt. We are afraid of getting old but not afraid of lives bereft of purpose. We are afraid of nearly everything the media tells us to be afraid of so that we buy (pills, perfumes, and policies) whatever they are selling.
This article appeared in 2009 on Opednews.com
Fear moves us faster than anything else. Mothers lift 4,000 pound cars off their babies as if they were made of paper. We jump out of the way of an oncoming car as if we were grasshoppers. We run for the last cab as if we were Olympians. Now, also in record time—and in the true spirit of viral fear—the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill that would for the first time in American history effectively end our right to choose our health care.
This blog is a reprint of one I had written some time ago, but I thought as we entered yet another “shopping season”, that it was appropriate to print it again. The message, at least for me is critical enough.
Today, once again the news media focused on Lindsay Lohan and some other celebrity just minutes after I discovered that my house value had dropped nearly 20%.
I wondered about priorities. This is not to say that poor Ms. Lohan isn’t important to the people who love her and that her public self-destruct is not tragic. In fact, our obsession with her (and a whole host of other banalities) is not only a reflection of her personal pathos, but a statement about a pervasive cultural tragedy.
Today a colleague of mine sent me a one-page article by a fellow named Paul E. Marek, a second-generation Canadian, whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover. The article, entitled Why The Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant, made the disturbing argument that good people and good intentions get run over by forces bigger and badder than they dare or wish to imagine.
Thrill and fear are intimately connected. And in many ways our desperate thrill seeking is a defense against the constant pressure and fear we are fed by a media that is in our lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.