re: the bottom line
i guess it hints at the larger question (or irony?) of how and why we perpetuate (or at least tacitly tolerate) a surface system of values that inherently limits our humanity and ability to connect and create community with each other. why do we put so much value on status and money? it's weird right? seems like we know better, yet we still do it. i obviously don't get all the twists and turns of the psychological processes and needs that underpin all of this - but it does concern me - and interest me. i want to understand. and work toward making it better.
i cribbed the idea of "a new bottom line" from rabbi michael lerner - cuz it's a beautiful concept - the idea that we can actually, consciously, cultivate and appreciate the value of compassion and kindness and love and community together. since this is the real stuff that keeps us alive emotionally, doesn't it make sense that we should make space and time and give respect to the truth that life is truly bigger than society allows for, and that "success" is far more than a job, or a tax bracket? i think so. in fact, it seem crazy not to. and - deeply - i know for sure that when i'm gone - the stuff i want to be remembered for is the human stuff - the love stuff - the friend stuff. that is the bottom line for me. and i need to get better at living like it.
i really hope you'll share episode 40 with me! i'm curious how you see it. and i hope you'll let me know.
oh, and if you have time, hope you'll check this week's links:
slyway - www.slywaymusic.com
the cobalt season - www.thecobaltseason.com
wikipedia article on rabbi michael lerner
the commonwealth club - www.commonwealthclub.org
commonwealth club podcast
ps - xtra special thanks to this week's musical guests: julius caesar, the cobalt season, and slyway. click their links (above), ok?