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  1. I like his videos on parenting and thats about it. I listened to him periodically up until the 2016 elections. His content is now a gateway to the far right. He has hours and hours of content defending white supremacy while denigrating non-whites and non-western culture. I also got sick of all his race/IQ videos and his constant promotion of Donald Trump.
  2. Unfortunately I dont think the Demotratic establishment will allow a true progressive to win the nomination. They are more comfortable with the idea of another 4 years of Trump than to allow someone like Bernie or even Warren to win. And with that strategy Trump is almost guaranteed to get another 4 years. I truly fear for the planet if Trump gets elected another 4 years.
  3. I stand with Greta. Excellent speech. For those saying she is too young to be so worried, you obviously haven't come to grips with the full gravity of the climate crisis. This young lady speaks because the adults of this world chose to focus on their own self interest. It is us adults who fell for the propaganda of endless economic growth at the expense of the planet. When I look at teens like Greta I have tremendous hope for the future. While we were all (meaning adults) fixated on becoming millionaires, it is her generation that may bring about the social/political change we finally need.
  4. Check out this video. The author argues that mindfulness has become a tool for capitalist exploitation and works to obscure real systematic issues. Is what we're seeing the Stage Orange version of mindfulness?
  5. Its a word that is used as a term of endearment. Its been used that way for decades. It isn't necessarily a new phenomena. Its just popularized by hip hop/rap culture.I've used it out of ignorance when I was younger. But that was cultural conditioning.
  6. I am black (ADOS) and I am into Spirituality and Non-Duality. Also please be more conscious on your usage of the n-word. Not all of us believe in using that verbage to describe one another. I think non-dualistic teachings can be very beneficial to the African American community. Particularly due to the amount of suffering endured in our community. It is a goal of mine to one day set up meditation retreats for at risk youth in the black community. A lot of the problem that persist in the black community is due to a lack of consciousness.
  7. Future generations will regard the Koch brothers as criminals against humanity.
  8. I am not sure if this is the appropriate sub-forum for this topic. Lately I've been doing some extensive research on climate change. There are multiple camps of perspectives on how severe the ramifications of climate change will be. Based on everything I've read I am beginning to have a more pessimestic outlook on our future and find myself gravitating more and more in the "doomer" sphere. The way I see it, as long as we maintain the status quo (placing profit before our environment) it is almost certain that we'll face the collapse global industrial civilization in the short term and perhaps the eventual extinction of the species in the long term. But the meaning of this thread is less about the ramifications this has on us as a collective and more about how it effects us on the individual level. It seems every day there is seems to be some new article about how we are so screwed. "July was the hottest month of record" "The artic is losing sea ice faster than previously thought" "Millions of species face extintion" I could really go on and on How do we (as individuals) find meaning in the face of surmounting evidence that our entire way of life (industrial civilization) is what may cause demise of the species? Do we reorient our life purpose around the impending ecological collapse?
  9. Thank you for sharing this. We need to start having serious discussions about our not so distant future. Especially here in the USA. Ecological collapse is perhaps the greatest threat of our time and supercedes almost any other issue. What's the point of free college and free health if there is food insecurity?! The system that facilitated our climate crisis is ultimately the root cause of many of the other ancillary issues we face. Here is a great interview of Roger Hallam of Extinction Rebellion. For too long we've painted the climate crisis with rosy red optimism with little to no effect. Roger's harshness is appropriate and perhaps necessary given the severity of this crisis.
  10. For those of you who meditate on a consistent basis, have you noticed any changes in your sleeping habits? Back when I meditated consistently, I noticed that I was able to fall as sleep with relative ease. I didn't have the constant monkey mind that I have now. Currently I am dealing with insomnia and it takes me at least an hour to ease my mind into sleep. I just started meditating consistently again but I am not able to regain the mental clarity that I once had that allowed me to ease my mind into sleep. I know it will take time since I have to retrain my mind all over again. What has been your experience with sleep and meditation?
  11. Awesome review! I purchased the course a while back but life got in the way. Funny, because Leo warned about this initially in the course. Your review inspires me to take it again.
  12. Well, to start I am far less triggered by things and seem to be more accepting of reality as it unfolds. Also, I am not sure, if anyone else can relate but my first enlightenment (awakening) experience was a realization of just how much I didn't know and crushed everything single notion I had about reality up until that point. Unfortunately I have undergone a major ego backlash since then and am just now able to put everything in perspective.
  13. well, when there are massive droughts, famines, migrations of biblical proportions, extreme hurricanes and heatwaves, people will be justifiably upset and angry. "environmental extremism" will be the least of our worries.
  14. Ok I hate to be the pessimistic collapsitarian alarmist in this thread but we are headed for some very troubling times. Many of us will be witnesses to some of the most traumatic and distressing events to ever unfold in human history. Part of me thinks undergoing the severe implications of abrupt climate change is a necessary step in the evolution of the human psyche. What do you guys think? Will the implications of climate change force us to move up the spiral as a collective? Or will we regress back to purple and beige like our cave dwelling ancestors?
  15. And if it weren't for Orange people/policies, a lot of these Blue and Red people wouldn't be immigrating in mass in the first place. I do agree, however that people with 'Green' values tend to be a bit naive when it comes to stage Purple, Red and Blue. There is nothing wrong with being empathetic but not to the point where it jeapardizes societal stability. There needs be an honest and open look at how we're all contributing to the problem and how we can fix it. I think that would take 'Yellow' type thinking 😁
  16. I hate to be a pessimist but perhaps the severe implications of climate change are what's necessary for human evolution. Something has to break the current paradigm we're in and climate change may just do that.
  17. I thought 'Arrival' was pretty yellow in terms of the multiple number of perspectives that the humans had when approaching the aliens
  18. JP just doesn't appeal to me. I find him a little corny
  19. First off, thank you very much for the detailed response. I definitely find that certain facets of non-dualistic teachings resonate with me more since the experience. Prior to the experience my understanding of nondualism and enlightenment was ALL intellectual. This in itself was a distraction for me and often led me into neglecting daily practice. The descriptions you provided are spot on, especially the one about not having any doubts, inhibition, and fears. The idea of having any one of these traits at the time of my experience would have been ludicrous. All of my fears and all notions I had about myself were shattered
  20. Last November I had a rather odd experience while driving that I can only catergorize as a brief 'awakening' experience. Last year was a very trying time for me in my personal life (working two jobs to save up for my wedding, sleep loss, demanding work at my primary job). Despite my circumstances I maintained a daily practice of meditation. There were some days I would awake extra early to do 2 hours of meditation. I believe maintaining a consistent practice is what 'opened' me up to have this experience. One day on a particularly stressful day I was driving (more like racing) to my second job after work in heavy traffic. I became very frustrated and angry with circumstances of my life. I began to mentally curse out the slow driver in front of me. My mind became a cesspool of all these negative and self defeating thoughts. I felt myself going over the edge. And in that moment the mental dialogue had abruptly ceased and I took a long look at every other driver around me. It then occured to me that most of the drivers were in the exact same sort of misery I was (beeping their horns, risking their own safety and others to get ahead of each other etc). It all looked so vividly ridiculous that I began to laugh hysterically. Any onlookers probably thought I had went insane. We were all racing to get 'somewhere'. The epihpany I had at that moment was that this 'somewhere' didnt exist. All that was, was just the present. I went deeper and began to question more. There was no 'I' that existed. 'I' was a complete and utter fabrication. The 'I' that 'I' identified myself as was a complete sham and so were all of the things 'I' stressed out about so much. Every concept. Every notion. All of it was a complete sham. 'I' felt like an actor in a lifelong movie who forgot he was a just an actor on a set For the rest of the evening I was in total bliss. I appreciated every moment in heavy traffic and complete the task at my 2nd job with joyfullness. The following days afterwards I had very intense meditations. During these sessions I would feel an unconditional sense of love and compassion for everything that made me weep tears of joy. Whenever I saw my wife, dog , or anything for that matter it was as if I was seeing them for the very first time. The world felt mystical and mysterious again. It wasn't too long before I found myself getting more and more enveloped in the world around me. I had what you may call a major ego backlash. I was exhibiting the same unconscious behaviors as I had before....but with slightly more consciousness. I have been struggling to feel that sense of union I had those days last November and often find myself confused about where I go in my practice from here. For one I am not sure if this was an elightenment or awakening experience to begin with. I know I must go further inward but present circumstances in life make the possibility to do so very limited. Has anyone ever been in the same boat? Have you ever had an awakening experience only to go unconscious shortly after? Thank you for reading all of this. Your advice is greatly appreciated.
  21. I seen things....terrible things on the dark web and have been struggling to regain my faith in humanity. There are some truly disturbed members of our race. It only solidifies the reasoning why spiritual development and self actualization is so vital for humanity.
  22. Menace II Society Blue reaction to Red in excess
  23. The Japanese Empire in 1945 is an example of blue in excess