Michael Moore just reached 25 million downloads on his podcast called Rumble, which began 14 months ago. He had people on a live YouTube celebration who were guests on the podcast over that time. I have been listening to the podcast off and on from its onset.
Tomaso’s and I met Michael Moore at the Democratic National Convention in the early 90s. We were there for Jerry Brown, as was Michael Moore. The Clinton people were obnoxious and pushy. Jerry Brown’s people were expensive, grassroots visionaries and fun. Michael Moore was especially courageous and led the group in many merry prankster activities.
The focus of the 25 million download celebration was what problems we need to fix and how are we going to fix them in America going forward.
Rejecting the $15 minimum wage, pulling away from the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives, and the bombing of Syrian bases this week were topics of discussion.
Daniel Ellsberg further raised anxiety levels by laying bare the threat of nuclear weapons and war into the conversation. Isn’t it odd how pundits and world leaders barely raise this topic? It’s the elephant in the room.
Let’s be real, though. The conversation would be dramatically different if Trump won. As it was, he only lost by 75,000 votes. We’d have to move with our progressive politics to Canada or Europe because we wouldn’t be able to survive in America. In fact, Michael Moore’s podcast itself would be doomed.
Contrast this fear and angst with the positivity of the Dalai Lama, whose mission in life is to be a force for good, by connecting harmoniously and purposely with all people: no us versus them, no doubt about the legitimacy of all that is possible in this beautiful world.
The Dalai Lama is not in denial about the state of the world. He practices meditation 4 hours in the morning with a break to listen to the BBC. He meditates an additional hour in the evening and retires at 7 PM.
While we consider the challenges facing us, of which there are many, it bears emphasizing the need for humor and peace of mind that practices like meditation help nurture. In fact, meditative practices strengthen the parts of the brain fostering positivity and harmony with all.