Podcast time again – and once again my title is a play on words, rather than any sort of an ornery sentiment. I come bearing practical hope of expansion of compassion and embracing love – not to win an argument. Hope it makes you feel less alone – and your goals feel more possible.
A little while ago I posted a link to a fascinating interview which included the quote below. I can’t get it out of my head for two reasons – it conveys the way we no longer have general respect for those who know what we do not – but instead assume our most ignorant opinions are as sufficient as our personal areas of knowledge. The other is that Gasset was writing almost a century ago. Last time someone took a piece of insight I was trying to assemble and articulate and threw it back a century it was Orwell, with “Keep the Aspidistra Flying” in which we are forced to realize that even our great great grandparents before the second world war were already completely sick of the shallowness and false promises of consumerism. Wow!
“My favourite philosopher, José Ortega y Gasset, talked about ‘mass man,’ or modern man as being the end product of a long historical process. Previous generations struggled to put him in a place of relative affluence and education, with material comforts and freedoms that were achieved at tremendous cost and usually involved bloodshed at some point. Mass man doesn’t see it that way. He feels that all these material gifts are as natural as the air he breathes. The good things in life are taken for granted. Meanwhile, the smallest desire that goes unfulfilled is a source of outrage. Much of the public’s sentiment today — that impulse to negation — is driven by a failure to understand or remember history. Or if they do remember history, to see it purely as the mother of all injustices and a source of problems that must be now be abolished. If there is one thing I would ask people to do, it would be to study history. When you abolish history, you lose your memory and it’s like you’ve had a stroke. That condition can lead you to do crazy things.”
– Martin Gurri (author of “The Revolt Of The Public”) interviewed by (the consistently excellent) Murtaza Hussain in The Intercept – Mar 3 – 2019
My show today is not a history lesson, but a look at how groups who share ideas and the ideas they share can both help and harm, with a side order of how the change we all need might actually be accomplished.
Cheers, my beautiful friends!
We can (or at very least could) do this! ;o)