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A woman told me people seem uncomfortable when she mentions her dead husband. “My husband would have loved this” or “his love still supports me.”
The crisis we are experiencing today is not just a European crisis, nor a crisis of morals, economics, ideologies, politics or religion. It is not only prevalent in Europe and America but in Russia and the Far East as well. It is a crisis of the world and mankind such as has occurred previously only during pivotal junctures — junctures of decisive finality for life on earth and for the humanity subjected to them. The crisis of our times and our world is in a process — at the moment autonomously — of complete transformation, and appears headed toward an event which, in our view, can only be described as a “global catastrophe.”
Writer/Director James Schamus (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Brokeback Mountain”) has adapted Philip Roth’s book into a moral tale which confronts coming of age in an uncertain time. “Indignation” provides the prescient run up to the campus rebellions of the Sixties, a well developed snapshot of how indignation at contradictions fed the righteous anger that led to social change. . . a time very much like the one in which we now live.
Carl Jung Depth Psychology
Reading Group - Session 6 Part 1 - August 22, 2016
Matt Damon is a super genius working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a janitor. Well, he went back to MIT today to give the commencement speech for the class of 2016, and it got even more dramatic than a movie. First, he talked about simulation theory, which is the idea that we are all living in some sort of game played by a much more advanced civilization. He questioned why we have to be living in the one where Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president. “[T]his world — real or imagined — this world, has some problems that we need you to drop everything and solve,” he told the graduates. “So go ahead and take your pick from the world’s worst buffet. Economic inequality, that’s a problem. How about the refugee crisis? Massive global insecurity, climate change, pandemics, institutional racism — and add to that an American political system that’s failing. We’ve got congressmen on a two-year election cycle who are incentivized to think short-term and simply do not engage with long-term problems. And add to that a media that thrives on scandal and people with their pants down, anything to get you to tune in so they can hawk you products that you don’t need. And add to that a banking system that steals people’s money.”
Iyad el-Baghdadi's speech at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum. See more talks like this at www.oslofreedomforum.com and follow @OsloFF for updates.
Pete Seeger singing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"