Big week out there. Here’s what you should be aware of.
Guru and Pandit
The next installment of Ken Wilber’s and Andrew Cohen’s Guru & Pandit web series is tomorrow, May 25, at 2:00pm EDT. According to the intro blog post on Cohen’s site, the topic will be “exploring the complex and subtle relationship between the Enlightenment-based and psychology-based approaches to higher human development.”
Another sign of Ken’s returning health and capacity to engage the world? Exciting!
Salzman takes on David Brooks
The Daily Evolver’s Jeff Salzman responded this week to New York Times columnist David Brooks’s column, “What Our Words Tell Us.” Brooks brings up Google’s Ngram Viewer, which allows you to see the evolving frequency of words in books from the last couple centuries. He notes that words associated with individuality (e.g., “standout,” “unique,” “I come first”) have been on the rise since the 1960’s, and he also mentions a study that found words traditionally associated with morality (e.g., “virtue,” “decency,” “conscience”) have been on the decline. Among other things, Brooks argues that social connections, including morality, have become less central to our lives.
Salzman’s piece, “Are boy scouts more more moral hippies?,” suggests an alternative, development-based explanation for the shift: that, as should be expected, language has been evolving to reflect a higher level of values and consciousness–from a traditional concept of morality to a more modern one.
Read them both. As conservative as Brooks is, I tend to enjoy much of his writing for his often quite thoughtful take on how culture plays an important role in politics and in our lives. And, of course, Salzman is one of the more prolific contributors we have to integral discourse. I’d love to hear what you think about these points of view.
Entheon Kickstarter Success
As I mentioned a few week ago, Alex Grey launched a Kickstarter campaign to help install the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in their new home. As of this week, great news–they’ve hit and exceeded their goal of $125,000! But. There’s more to be done. Alex says if they can hit $140,000, they’ll be the second highest funded art project on Kickstarter.
Pop Culture Recommendations
Because I find, generally speaking, that we as integral folks seem a little less in touch with popular culture than we could be (it’s a huge part of America’s Lower Left quadrant people–get on it!), I’ll be devoting a little space each week to help you stay up to speed.
Although Memorial Day weekend means summer blockbuster movie season is now firmly entrenched in our lives, this weekend’s movies aren’t the big draw. The real news is that the long awaited new season of Arrested Development drops on Netflix on Sunday. All fifteen episodes will be released at once. It’s exciting because, for one, Arrested Development was/is one of the smartest comedies of the past ten years, prematurely canceled but brought back to life after many years, and two, Netflix is really trying to pioneer a new way of distributing original TV content. (Is it the wave of the future? Maybe yes, maybe no–the jury’s still out for me, but I love to see a company swing for the fences.)
If you simply must see a movie, forego the big budget flicks Fast & Furious 6 and the Hangover Part III. (Yes, we want to embrace pop culture as a way of participating in America’s we-space, but there are limits!) The animated Epic probably won’t be bad. But the real gem this week will be Before Midnight, the third movie in Richard Linklater’s eighteen-year(!) trilogy that includes Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
Or, you know, you can always spend some of the long weekend outside. If you really want to.