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AHR 32: How to Use Deep Connection and Holistic Resistance as Tools for Inclusion and Equality with Aaron Johnson
Although making up 13 percent of the population, African Americans own less than 1 percent of the rural land in the United States.
White Americans, however, own a staggering 856 million acres, which is about 98 percent of all rural property in the United States.
So it's not crazy when I say that communities of color, low-income residents and other historically marginalized groups have traditionally faced barriers to accessing nature.
That's why Ancestral Health Radio is dedicated to, and promotes, inclusivity and social justice through transitional lifeways.
Because it's the most disadvantaged and powerless people in our societies who are most likely to be affected by rising fuel and food prices, resource shortages and extreme weather events. We want to increase the chances of all groups in society to live well, healthily and with sustainable livelihoods.
We have to accept that although much progress has been made, there is much more work that needs to be done. And most of that work begins and ends with us, as an individual.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”— Martin Luther King, Jr. To rise above, you must first begin to ask yourself better questions.
To help you do this, I've invited my friend Aaron Johnson on today's episode of Ancestral Health Radio.
Aaron shares insights into how we, as white Americans, can begin to breakdown cultural barriers that blind us from seeing the truth of our privilege.
In today's episode, you'll learn...
Why Aaron believes there are so few black people within the rewilding community, The first thing Aaron says you need to commit yourself to if you wish to become an ally to people of color, 5 questions that will help you critically examine your own relationship to blackness, And much, much more. Episode Breakdown Aaron explains what Holistic Resistance is and why it's become the focus of his work Why Aaron says he didn't know he was being prepared for this kind of work for the last 20 years of his life Is racism different where ever you go? Is there a right way to integrate and think about black people versus a dangerous one? Why Aaron doesn't do workshops of 100-200 people Is rewilding a privilege? Why white people never ask, "Who's not here?" Why Aaron says he's a walking contradiction Aaron unpacks the difference between loving a black person, dating a black person, and actually being close to a black person
The silent suffering and exploitation of black women in the medical community
Why Aaron is a big advocate for one-on-one or small group coaching
The two things Aaron wants you to remember when asking yourself questions
What Aaron does NOT want you to do when asking yourself questions to get close to blackness
The three different levels to each of Aaron's questions, and how to "slow it down"
James answers Aaron's first three questions
Why Aaron says black people have a hard time being vulnerable around white people when talking about racism
Why Aaron believes there are so few African heritage therapists
And much, much more.
AHR 31: Privilege, Identity Politics, and the Transhuman Agenda with Daniel Vitalis (Part 2)
Is the first person to live to 1,000-years-old, alive today? And if that's true, what does that inevitably mean for the future of the human condition?
One of the world's leading anti-aging researchers, Aubrey De Grey, (and strangely—my neighbor) believes that to be 100% true. Because, well, Aubrey's the one who said it.
And if what Aubrey says is true, would you then believe Arthur C. Clarke's third law, which states: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic?
Meaning that modern technology can seem like literal witchcraft to the ignorant, or simple science to the learned.
Popular mystery writer, Agatha Christie, once wrote, "The supernatural is only the natural of which the laws are not yet understood."
And I agree. However...
Are we metaphorically "summoning the demon," as tech mogul Elon Musk fears?
The Guardian published an article on former vice-president of user growth for Facebook—one you may have read or, at the very least, heard about in November of 2017. The former executive said that he feels "tremendous guilt" over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”
Chamath Palihapitiya said, "This is not about Russian ads.”
“This is a global problem. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.”
Historian and novelist Ronald Wright popularized what is called a progress trap.
The exact definition of a progress trap is as follows:
The condition human societies experience when, in pursuing progress through human ingenuity, they inadvertently introduce problems they do not have the resources or political will to solve, for fear of short-term losses in status, stability or quality of life.
Many of the problems we're seeing now–whether we're talking about hunger or massive inequity–whether we're talking about climate change or the loss of biodiversity–have been driven over the last 250 years by a system of overproduction and overconsumption of stuff.
You've probably heard Einstein's famous quote, "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." This quote, although popular on the Internet, is false.
Einstein did say, however, "I believe that the abominable deterioration of ethical standards stems primarily from the mechanization and depersonalization of our lives,” he wrote in a letter to his friend, psychiatrist Otto Juliusburger, in 1948, “a disastrous byproduct of science and technology. Nostra culpa!"
And In many ways science and technology have become the new religion of our time.
Karl Marx described religion as an opiate to the masses because it dulled the senses and kept people passive and accepting of a capitalist, industrialist culture warped on the idea of consumption and growth.
Freud, the father of modern psychology, argued that religion served to repress and sublimate an individual's desire into activities that serve the culture. This, Freud argued, produces neurosis and mental illness in those that civilization seeks to domesticate.
And so if we imagine technology as a drug, where its purpose is to manage pain and create sensations of calm and well-being, do we not forget that we are apart of the natural world, fighting for survival, just like everything else?
In many ways technology works much like religion, distracting us from our inevitable deaths with feelings of fleeting invincibility and immortality.
(I'd like to thank my friend Julian Langer for that connection between technology and religion.)
Anyways, guys! This is part 2 of 2 of Privilege, Identity Politics, and the Transhuman Agenda with Daniel Vitalis.
All-in-all, this was a challenging conversation to navigate for both Daniel and myself, so please keep an open mind, ear, and heart.
In today's episode, you'll l
AHR 30: Privilege, Identity Politics, and the Transhuman Agenda with Daniel Vitalis (Part 1)
Did you know that some scientists say that oaks produce more nuts annually than every other nut tree—both wild and commercial—combined?
Nuts, right? (Yeah, yeah—laugh it up. The pun was intended.)
Acorns, or oak nuts, are nutritional powerhouses.
Depending on the species, a single acorn can contain up to 18% fat, 6% protein, and 68% carbohydrate—with the rest just being water, minerals, and gut-healthy fiber.
Acorns are also great sources of both vitamins A and C, as well as having a long list of essential and nonessential aminos acids.
With those numbers, it’s easy to understand why the native people here in California never resorted to agriculture and why—interestingly—they never spoke of—or created traditions for—famine.
To speak more about this abundant wild food, I'm excited to introduce to you someone I've mentioned many times on Ancestral Health Radio before: Daniel Vitalis.
I waited for what seemed like a couple years for this interview... Which, by the way, is a solid two hours. So I decided to break it up into a two-part episode, so your ears can have something to munch on later.
Daniel's helped me, as well as many of my friends, better understand ecology through ancestral lifeways.
In today's episode, you'll learn...
Why Daniel says he no longer has a morning routine, The wild food Daniel believes is going to revolutionize food production (hint: It's "not a grain"), Why Daniel's use of technology scares him (and why technology should scare you, too), and... Much, much more. Episode Breakdown Welcome Daniel onto the show
The significance of being a symbol and the impact that idea has on Daniel
Why Daniel separates the mundane intricacies of his personal life from his business life
Daniel's opinion on actors and sports figures as political commentators
Why Daniel says he's not the person to speak about productivity or systems related to entrepreneurship
How Daniel is currently prioritizing in his personal life
Why Daniel no longer subscribes to the idea of morning routines
Why Daniel and his partner don't live together
Four of Daniel's daily practices
The one skill Daniel's currently spending most of his time on
Why processing food takes president over many facets of Daniel's lifestyle
Daniel's favorite foraging season
Daniel explains the anthroposcene era and its significance to modern hunting and gathering
Why Daniel says you'd be hard pressed to find any true hunter-gatherers these day
The wild food Daniel believes is going to revolutionize food production (hint: It's "not a grain")
The role grains have played in the civilizing of the modern world
What Daniel says is more exciting, and bigger work, than any one food
The two-pronged idea behind Daniel's episode, "Is Wild Food A Privilege?"
Daniel opens up and shares his traumatic background growing up in the United States
Why building a loyal team of people who share your vision can be one of the hardest things you can ever do
Daniel's thoughts on white privilege and America's self-correcting constitution
Why Daniel won't touch the topic of evolutionary and biological psychology
Why we're currently fighting an information-based civil war
Daniel's personal conservation efforts
Why most of the people Daniel says he's inspired by are not people who specifically identify with the word rewilding
The four guests that have most impacted Daniel over the span of 175+ episodes of the Rewild Yourself podcast (Stephen Jenkinson, Dan Flores, Gabor Maté, and Neil Strauss)
Why Daniel says he likes to find inspiration outside of the rewilding community rather than from within it
AHR29: The Beginner's Guide on How to Hunt, Field Dress, Skin, and Butcher Wild Game with Fisher Neal
Think about this for a second: More Americans hunt and fish than play baseball.
What a trip, right?
That's more than 38 million Americans.
And if that doesn't surprise you, this will:
Hunting—overall—brought in more revenue ($38.3 billion) than Google ($37.9 billion) or the Goldman Sachs Group ($36.8 billion).
Now ask yourself this question: "Why don't I hunt?"
Really think about this for a second. Mull it around for a few minutes, hours, days, whatever. But really think.
Is it because of the blood, guts, and sinew? Is it your ethics or morality? Is it the fact that you live in a city or suburb and feel like you don't have access to the wild spaces needed to hunt? Or, maybe, it's as simple as a lack of money for all that expensive new gear.
Whatever your reason, hunting is a huge undertaking in and of itself. Period. And for the novice not accustomed to growing-up in the hunting lifestyle, the process of learning and developing this fundamental life-skill can seem downright intimidating.
Should you join me and accept the hunter's call to bravely enter the chase, you will be handsomely rewarded with the first-hand experience of accepting another animals life into your own. This experience often catalyzes into a deep, life-altering relationship between you, the natural world, and the entire two-legged and other-than-human community.
And to make this particular transition easier, I've invited my newest friend—Fisher Neal of LearntoHuntNYC.com—on today's episode of Ancestral Health Radio.
In today's episode, you'll learn...
The absolute first thing you should do if you're interested in learning to hunt, What a typical day of hunting might look like for the average hunter, The basic (yet graphic) process of how to field dress, skin, and butcher a deer—from start to finish, and... Much, much more.
AHR 28: How to Understand and Use Practical Animistic Rituals for Personal and Family Healing with Daniel Foor, PhD
Is it possible to heal trauma in our personal and family lives by connecting with our well, deceased ancestors?
Provided you possess a beginner’s mindset equipped with the right animistic framework, my guest today, Dr. Daniel Foor of AncestralMedicine.org, would say yes—you absolutely can.
This week, Daniel and I delve into practical animism: where ritual and ceremony are used as tools for personal, family, and cultural healing.
A few months ago I was surprised to receive an early copy of Daniel's magnum opus, aptly titled Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. Since then, I've probably recommended Daniel's book to nearly all my closest rewilding friends.
Partly because trauma—and ways we heal from trauma—was central to many of the topics shared at this year's first annual North American Rewilding Conference. It’s also worth mentioning that Daniel’s work was brought up several times throughout the two-and-a-half-day experience.
So, without further adieu:
In today's episode, you'll learn...
How our well and unwell ancestors influence the living and non-living; How directly speaking with the spirits and other-than-humans can break centuries of colonialism, patriarchy, and scientism; How practical animism directly enriches our day-to-day relationships; and... Much, much more.
AHR 27: Homesteading Skills for Abundant, Sustainable, and Regenerative Living with John Moody
Have you ever thought of starting a homestead on your journey towards ancestral health?
How about composting or gardening?
Today is a special opportunity to help a community member whose passion is about dismantling the industrialization of people and food through the acquisition of abundant, sustainable, and regenerative homesteading skills.
Enter: John Moody of Steader.com.
John and I share a very similar mission, in that we understand there are skills and wisdom that need to be shared from the first-hand experience of elders within our community.
And that today is an amazing opportunity to support a movement that helps build the groundwork for those to come.
In today's episode, you'll learn...
Why John says he doesn't think you should be able to deal with health and nutrition if you have not read this book, John and Jessica's 18-month transformation and simple weekly strategy that helped them both go from your typical standard Americans to what some might call the crunchy-hippie-type, A few of the educational videos John and the Steader team have cued up for their Kickstarter campaign, and... Much, much more. Episode Breakdown John explains how his youth was riddled with health problems—typical of the average child who grew up in the 80's and 90's John greatly appreciates this author's early observations of how people aren't made to be divorced from nature The "click" for John came from a time when pharmaceutical intervention was supposedly the only solution for a painful duodenal ulcer The comical advise given to a then-single John by his college professor John's nutritional first-steps and book recommendations Why John says he doesn't think you should be able to deal with health and nutrition if you have not read this book John helps the audience understand what industrializing people and food over generations can look like John and Jessica's 18-month transformation and simple weekly strategy that helped them go from standard Americans to what some might call the crunchy-hippie-type Why John felt his family was being treated like cattle and the moment that hardened John's resolve against the powers that be Why John's new-born daughter, Abby, was almost labeled a biohazard by hospital staff How Whole Life Buying Club was the first whole food collective to win against a government raid John talks about his biggest project to-date: Steader.com John lists a few of the educational videos he and the Steader team have cued up for their Kickstarter campaign, and... Much, much more.