It Starts Now - another profound speech from the late Alan Watts on the transformation of human consciousness.
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Joshua Katz on the toxic culture of education at TEDx University of Akron.
Dennis Hopper does some spoken word on “The Johnny Cash Show” - September 30, 1970. As Mr. Hopper points out prior to his impassioned recitation, “if” is the middle word in life.
Welcome to Henry’s Kitchen, the best cooking show ever. In this episode, Henry shows us how to make his Family Style Baked Spaghetti.
“So sweetly are things disposed that it appears to the soul not so much that it is led as that it goes as it were of itself. Desiring self-fulfillment, it actively, of his own free will, goes where this fulfillment is to be found. And because the soul is finite, it appears to the soul as if its fulfillment were to be found in finite things: wealth, fame, power, a loved one, whatever. And again we say: in its way this is not inaccurate. But a telltale clue betrays the fact that such immediate objects of desire are but proximate ends that front for one that stands behind them and with respect to which they are but installments. This clue is the fact that we invest these manifestly finite objects with infinite worth. As infinite attractiveness is obviously not an objective property of our desired objects, a paradox ensues: we want infinitely, to the point of sacrificing our lives at times, things that are finite. Our usual way of explaining this paradox is to say that our evaluations are bestowed. The lover projects his estimate on the beloved—lays it on her, she may sometimes feel. The phenomenon admits of another interpretation. It is not so much that he projects infinity—infinite worth—upon her as that he glimpses infinity—the Infinite—through her. She has, for the duration that his passion lasts, become for him a symbol as (for Dante) was Beatrice: she in whom Heaven’s glory walked the earth bodily. Symbols can be more or less effective and more or less durable, but within these limits they are the apertures we mentioned. However foolish the swain’s love, while it lasts something, at least, of the Shekinah (Presence) hovers, God is near.”
- Huston Smith -
Music and Life - an excerpt from a talk by Alan Watts - produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.