Tired of the same old left /right arguments? Want to throw your shoe at the shouting heads on cable news? Then join Jeff for a look at current events and culture from an integral perspective. Each week he explores emerging trends in politics, economics, science and spirituality, all with an eye toward spotting the evolution and up-flow of human consciousness and culture.
Empathy and Friendliness at Integral - Joe Biden and a New Generation Lead the Way
This week I spotlight more of what’s new in cultural evolution:
President Joe Biden leads a memorial to COVID victims and offers consolation to their survivors in a way that brings on the best of “good green”. Green consciousness, “the sensitive self”, is drawn to ever-deeper levels of empathy and care, especially for those who are typically unsung in society. It is the leading edge of human evolution and the part of green that we want to integrate into 2nd tier consciousness. Joe Biden, uniquely qualified by virtue of his personal suffering, is leading the way.
TwinsthenewTrend is the moniker for twin brothers Tim and Fred Williams, now 21, who have become YouTube sensations recording “reaction videos” of themselves listening to all types of music. Their effortless flow and guileless friendliness to all are magnetic and, I argue, represent qualities of integral consciousness that are native to a new generation of young people, two more of whom I profile.
* 13:00 – TwinsTheNewTrend
* 24:15 – Zoë Jenkins of Civics Unplugged
* 31:15 – Young friend from Stockholm
Enjoy the episode! – Jeff
The Next Economy with Pia Malaney - Senior Economist at the Institute for New Economic Thinking
In this episode of Post-Progressive Inquiries, Steve McIntosh and I visit with economist Pia Malaney to ponder economics through the lens of evolutionary theory. We look at what is arising concerning globalism and nationalism, wealth distribution, the future of work, model economies, the culture war between MAGAstan vs WOKEstan, and why Joe Biden gets us from the fire into the frying pan. Hope you enjoy the episode! – Jeff Salzman
Pia Malaney is Co-Founder and Director of The Center for Innovation, Growth and Society and Senior Economist at the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
Her own professional research has focused on economic, biological, and sociological approaches to human welfare. She has held positions at the Harvard Institute for International Development and the Center for International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School where she worked in collaboration with Asian and African governments on the development of health care and economic policies. She received a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Harvard University.
Learn more about the Institute for Cultural Evolution and Steve McIntosh.
Impeachment Hits Bedrock, Cancel Culture Evolves
In this episode, recorded in the middle of the impeachment trial, I examine both the stunning House prosecution of the worst presidential betrayal in U.S. history (thank you Liz Cheney) as well as the apparent, dispiriting acquittal. It turns out that rationality and the evolution of “laws not men” are not built on solid ground, but are tethered to tectonic consciousness structures that are pre-rational, mythic and magic.
I also look at last week’s Real Time show, where Bill Maher makes a good case about the religious qualities of Trumpism, but … if only he understood development.
Finally, I highlight his guest, Charlotte Alter, who attempts an integral analysis of the cultural “cancellation” of actor Armie Hammer. It may fall flat with Bill — but you’ll get it!
Enjoy the episode and let me know what you think. You can write at email@example.com or leave a voicemail here.
Marjorie Taylor Greene is Optional - Integral observations on life in times of war
Just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water, out of the depths arises Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon Congresswoman from Georgia who trumps Trump in conspiracy nonsense. In this episode I attempt to bring some integral context to her and QAnon, the spaces they rent in our heads and suggest how we as evolutionary practitioners can relax into a more mature engagement with our ever-morphing culture.
Gen Z at Second Tier - Guests: Gary Sheng and Zoë Jenkins of Civics Unplugged
Inspiring+++ Worth sharing! I shared to a Greta Thunberg Facebook group. – Pierre Hamel
Very inspiring! Hopeful! Refreshing integral worldview in action. – Pat Veenema
This is so inspiring and hopeful. I was imagining that Jeff and Steve may have felt like proud parents! These young people “get it.” – Mary Reese Folger
In this episode, Steve McIntosh and I visit with two young leaders, Gary Sheng and Zoë Jenkins, who are activating higher consciousness in Generation Z through their organization Civics Unplugged.
Civics Unplugged is a community of Gen Z leaders committed to strengthening democracy through civic entrepreneurship in the U.S. and around the world. The organization has received significant attention with partners like Andrew Yang, the Smithsonian, Duane “The Rock” Johnson, and National Geographic.
Wisdom is rarely married to youth, but meeting these two young people gave me greater confidence in our future, and I hope it will for you as well.
– Jeff Salzman
Gary Sheng, a former software engineer with Google, is on Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of young innovators. Zoë Jenkins is a 17-year-old equity and justice advocate from Lexington Kentucky.
Are there higher “stages” to friendship?
My friend, Terry Patten, will be offering a major address on one of our key leverage points in a fragmenting world: our capacity for generosity and friendship.
You’re invited to register for Spiritual Friends Amidst Cultural Madness: The Power of Our Grateful Generosity. The free online event will be Wed, February 3rd 2021 @ 12 Noon PST, and you can watch or listen to the recording at any time.
The Inauguration of Relief - Biden and Harris are new but normal
Hey folks, here’s some commentary I did live today as the Inauguration for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was unfolding. As always I looked for interesting integral angles, and think I found some. Also, I finally made peace with JLo!
Enjoy and let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. – Jeff
Photo of National Mall: AP Photo/Alex Brandon
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