Tragedy and Hope Media Mail / This Week’s Publications 12.1.2013

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(Video) Richard Grove & Chris Duane on ‘Declare Your Independence’: Education, Economics, & The Future of Individual Liberty

(Audio) Gnostic Media episode #186: An Interview with Dave McGowan – “The CIA and the “Magic” of Laurel Canyon – Covert Ops & the Da…

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(Audio) James Corbett interviews Tjeerd Andringa on Geopolitics and Cognition

(Audio) School Sucks episode #248: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 2 of 4, …

(Audio) The Meria Heller Show: Meria with Roger Stone –  The Man Who Killed JFK,The Case Against LBJ

(Audio) Red Ice Radio: Andreas Bachmair – Hour 1 – Unvaccinated Children Healthier

(Audio) Red Ice Radio: Clif High – Hour 1 – Bandwidth Caps, Bitcoin, ISON & Nummo Origins

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Giving and Getting more than Presents this Year – by Kind Communication

Re-posted From: http://KindCommunication.org/2013/12/01/giving-and-getting-more-than-presents-this-year/

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are just behind us, while Christmas is just a mere three weeks away.  We’ve entered that time of year again…the holidays.  Three big traditions come up in my life around this time: getting and giving presents, seeing family, and preparing for the new year.  I’m going to spend the next three blog posts reflecting on each of these traditions and how we can deepen them.

So this week I’m looking at getting and giving presents.  When I romanticize it, it’s a wonderful tradition of giving and getting appreciation, support, love, and celebration.  But when I’m in the thick of it, I often feel obligated, burdened, and judged.

Do I give a gift to my cousin, or my uncle, who I haven’t spoken to since the last Christmas truly as an expression of my gratitude that they’re (vaguely) in my life?  Or do I give the gift because I feel obligated since if I don’t I might be judged or look down on?  Do I give the gift because I have to?

I certainly do give gifts to people out of a sense of obligation.  And I notice that what comes along with that is this resentment about the holidays.  ”Oh geeze, better tighten my belt and stick close to my budget” I groan.

And I spend a good deal of my time picking presents while worrying about “will this person like it?”, “will they be disappointed/hurt/upset if they don’t like it?”, “what would that person think of me if I don’t get them a gift?”

I remember this worry about being judged going back as far as when I was little.  My parents and other kids at school would tell me “Santa only brings presents to good children.  Bad kids get coal.”  What a message that is for kids, “if you’re good then you get presents, and if you’re bad you get a lump of coal while watching everyone else opening up their presents.”  A reward and punishment system at its best.

But all of this resentment, obligation, and judgment seem so at odds with the general message of joy, celebration, and good cheer.  And so I want to find a new way to relate to this tradition of giving and receiving.

We just left Thanksgiving, a holiday dedicated to expressing gratitude and appreciations.  What a wonderful idea for a holiday!  In fact, I find Thanksgiving to be one of the most fun holidays because it is completely centered around sharing a meal with loved ones and expressing your appreciation for each of them.  Who doesn’t want to get invited to that meal?

And so what if for this holiday season I, and you, practiced giving to others in the form of giving appreciations.  If we practiced giving one another peace and harmony by acting calm and civil while shopping or traveling.  If we practiced giving comfort and hope to people as we treat them with extra patience and compassion these next few weeks.  What if you and I found novel and interesting ways to give to all sorts of people in our lives, certainly family and friends, but also co-workers and strangers.  We might notice that in giving some small acts of kindness each day we will receive so much more.

And what if you and I practiced receiving little joys from one another.  Really receive the next time someone says an earnest “thank you”.  Really take it in the next time someone goes out of their way to help you out.  Really feel the joy that comes from knowing you contributed in some way to another person’s life.

Instead of focusing on some sort of material giving and getting, let’s focus on receiving and giving more joy, honesty, compassion, respect, and love to one another this holiday season.

KindCommunication.org is a project by a close friend of Wiki World Order, Alex Leach. WWO fully supports the study, practice, and teaching of non-violent communication as one of the core solutions which already exists.

Tragedy and Hope Media Mail / This Week’s Publications 11.25.2013

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My Opinion of Authority (1999)

Recently found college essay, revealing my early resistance to appeals to authority…

When I was younger, I was under the impression that figures of authority were different from ordinary people. People in high positions ranging from the Vice President of the United States, to teachers, meant they must be special. It was not until my mid-teens when I came to a realization that all people, no matter their rank in society, are just people like me.

My younger brother and I started buying cigarettes from vending machines when I was in 2nd grade to prove that kids only three feet tall could do it. We testified and helped get an ordinance passed that banned cigarette vending machines in Montgomery County. The law was later overturned in court, so we began to testify yearly at the Maryland State Assembly on tobacco-related legislation. Over the past 10 years, my brother and I have created many opportunities to see what politicians are like and how they are normal people. When I was 12 years old, my brother and I met with Maryland State Delegate Hixson and she told us that our vending machine stings were illegal and that we could be arrested. Two weeks after this little chat, we testified before her committee in support of a state ban on cigarette vending machines. We told the Committee what she told us and then explained that we looked at the law and what she told us was far from the truth. Publicly embarrassing the Chair of the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee felt quite empowering. This experience confirmed my suspicions that politicians, aside from their views differing from mine, could be sneaky and manipulative, even to a couple of kids. She was just a person who disagreed with us. In the end, we set her role of power aside and were able to correct her error without feeling any risk despite the great difference in power between us.

Students Oppose Smoking (S.O.S.), which I am currently the chair of, was invited to participate in a “Roundtable Discussion” with Vice President Al Gore. Our countywide student-led organization has accomplished a great heal during the last few years, including a tobacco survey reaching over 10,000 high school students and 5,000 middle school students. Unlike us, most of the other youth invited to this White House event had not done much at all on the issue. When we were told to put on matching T-shirts and sit cross-legged on the floor, it became clear this was essentially a photo-op so Gore would be seen talking about smoking with kids. We resisted blending in during this televised event. Instead we raised powerful data from our extensive survey to support solid ideas that had never really been discussed at a national level. After multiple members of our group had presented almost the only substantive arguments, a person on Gore’s staff told us to stop bringing up our data when we spoke. We disregarded this request, and continued to make excellent points using our statistics.

This encounter made me realize that at the Vice President’s so called “Roundtable Discussion,” he did not really want to listen to what we had to say, but merely wanted to look good for the cameras. If he had actually wanted to discuss this important problem with us he would have shown more real interest in our proposals. To the public, it was important to show he cares, but in reality he was placed in this position as a normal busy person who can pretend to be concerned about anything. If I had watched the White House event on television, I would have thought he really wanted to get more opinions. But because I was there as a participant, it became clear that even one of the highest politicians in the country, whom I otherwise like, was for the most part just another person smiling and nodding, and not much different from another charismatic individual.

One last example of how the pedestal of authority figures was significantly lowered dates back to 10th grade when I attempted to represent Richard Montgomery High School for a project in the Final Frontiers competition held annually at the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST). It was required that all 11th grade physics students build a contraption for one event of the competition. At the in-school competition to determine who would represent the school, I was the only sophomore competing against a large group of juniors. The project I had chosen voluntarily to construct was a catapult made out of straws and tape designed to throw a ping pong ball the furthest. I ended up being the runner up for our school and the alternate at NIST. The 11th grade group who beat me performed terribly at NIST. At the competition, I had known I would not be able to actually participate, so I had asked an official judge to measure how far my catapult would throw. My design would have been good enough to win second place at the countywide competition.

This experience was awful for me. Although I was happy with the caliber of my design, I was disgruntled not to receive credit for it. I wrote a letter to another physics teacher explaining how I felt the teacher in charge of the in-school competition had made a bad judgement call and how she probably should have had a run off between the catapults. The results between my catapult and that of the juniors were so close, measurements had been so inaccurate, and she seemed to favor the other team of three girls. I hoped this expression of my opinion might help to prevent this possible unfairness from happening again. I still respect the teacher but I definitely see that she is just like other people and perhaps made a mistake.

Although I never had a defining epiphany, it is because of a serious of experiences like these that have made me less intimidated by adults no matter their position. I maintain great respect for those deserving, but I feel more confident to discuss or debate with adults (especially powerful adults) because I know they are just people like me and they have their imperfections.

This attitude of questioning authority also occurred recently in my college application process. Although several adults, including my parents, urged me to apply to several schools, I took their arguments into consideration and prescribed my own point of view that the University of Maryland was ideal for me and this should be the only place I should apply. I listened and considered the opinions from many elders (figures of authority) and felt secure in making an independent decision. I have been stuck on your institution since I first toured the Engineering School in 9th grade. Even after seeing colleges like MIT and Georgia Tech more recently, these visits only confirmed that I wanted to enroll at UMD. I look forward to taking classes on all the specific topics I am interested in learning about and plan on staying in college for a long time to continue this learning process.

Tragedy and Hope Media Mail / This Week’s Publications 11.18.2013

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Safety – by Kind Communication

Re-posted From: http://KindCommunication.org/2013/11/17/safety/

Feeling safe is essential to resolving conflicts.  But what do I mean by feeling safe?  Certainly it means freedom from physical danger like violence or abuse.  But it also means freedom from emotional danger like judgments, put downs, manipulation, and insults.  All of these emotional dangers create fear in us, and this feeling of fear is the exact opposite of feeling safe.

Feeling unsafe can create a negative cycle.  Once one person feels unsafe, they are likely going to act out some sort of fight, flight, or freeze reaction.  They might raise their voice and make a judgment.  Or they might shut down.  Whatever it is, this reaction will probably result in the other person feeling unsafe too.  And once your both are feeling unsafe, you both are acting out fight, flight, freeze responses, which just continue to trigger one another.  Ultimately fear breeds more fear.

So for you to navigate difficult conflicts well, you must learn how to identify the negative cycle of feeling unsafe, and interrupt it.

Here’s a moment when I did this.  I was leading a workshop, and a participant and I started getting into a conflict.  He really wanted to get heard, and I really wanted to move the group forward.  I started feeling really unsafe.  And I could tell that each time I tried to “move things along” this made the participant more vocal.  Suddenly it dawned on me “oh, he’s not feeling really heard right now.  He probably feels really unsafe that I keep trying to move things along.”  This was followed by another sudden realization “oh, I want to move things alone because as the leader I’m feeling unsafe because I’m scared that other participants are going to get bored and disinterested”.

I decided to just voice this out loud.  I said to the participant I was struggling with “I can tell how important it is for you to get heard.  It’s really painful and hard that you’re not getting the recognition and understanding you want.  I’m also feeling really scared that other people aren’t getting the growth and engagement that they were hoping for.  I’m wondering if you could share just one more time on this, I could show you some empathy, and then we could move on?”

It worked!  He sighed with relief.  He shared a brief anecdote.  I reflected what he had said.  And then the group took a collective sigh of relief as we were able to move forward.

This story highlights three main tools we can use to create safety,

First, make a request.  If you notice that you’re not feeling safe, just share that!  Name it.  And then make a request to your partner for what would help you feel safer.

Second, show compassion and empathize with your partner.  When you notice that your partner is acting out of a place of fear, and feeling unsafe, try to have compassion for that.  Empathize with them, use reflective listening.  Help them realize that you actually are present with them, and that you care about their experience.

Third, be vulnerable.  This last one is a bit counter intuitive.  But we can actually create safety sometimes by being more vulnerable and honest about our own experience.  This is because it invites the other person to do the same thing.  And when two people are openly sharing from the heart, safety naturally arises.

KindCommunication.org is a project by a close friend of Wiki World Order, Alex Leach. WWO fully supports the study, practice, and teaching of non-violent communication as one of the core solutions which already exists.

Tragedy and Hope Media Mail / This Week’s Publications 11.10.2013

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Tragedy and Hope Media Mail / This Week’s Publications 11.5.2013

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Radical Honesty – by Kind Communication

Re-posted From: http://KindCommunication.org/2013/11/03/radical-honesty/

Most people think “radical honesty” must involve telling your friends, loved ones, and co-workers all the worst judgments, criticisms, and blame that you’re mind can produce.  ”You want me to be radically honest??” a client of mine protests. “You want me to tell her how she’s constantly nagging and never gives me space to even breathe??”

Well…not quite.

I’d say the above is still just another type of lying.  It assumes that the other person is at fault, and that if they would only change then things would improve.  It essentially denies the speaker’s responsibility for their own experience.  And that’s not honest.

There are three things that radical honesty requires: 1) telling the factual truth about what happened, 2) owning your feelings and core desires, and 3) revealing your deeper values.

So as you can see, radical honesty is really all about the speaker, not about the listner.  Let me demonstrate what I’m talking about when I say “radical honesty”:

“I’m really sad that you don’t want to see this movie with me, to be honest I really admire you and find you quite attractive.”

“When you didn’t call home last night, I was scared…really scared…that maybe you weren’t okay…but also that maybe you don’t really respect or love me.”

“You know, I’d really like to connect with you right now, but I’m frustrated that I’m not connecting well to this topic.”

And why would you ever want to do this?  Anytime you want to have more intimacy.  When you want the other person to really see and “get” you.  When an argument or fight has just been going on and on with no end in sight.  When you want more connection.

Essentially when you want to have a deep, rich, and powerful relationship with another person.

This certainly isn’t easy to do.  We often hide behind such rationalizations as “I don’t want to hurt your feelings” or “its actually not that important.”

But if you’re avoiding being this honest with people ask yourself “who really ever gets to see me?”  or “am I ‘protecting’ this person or the relationship at the cost of myself?”  It is vital to a healthy relationship that you get to be seen and understood for who you really are.  And no one can do that for you if you aren’t radically honest with them.

A quick story from my life:

I was on a date with a girl, and it actually was pretty boring.  There just wasn’t much of a spark, we kept just bantering and making small talk.  Finally I peeped up “hey, you know…I was excited about going on this date, but now I’m actually feeling a little bored.  I’d like us to have a fun date…so could you tell me what you really think of me so far, and how you think this date is going?”

My date at first gave me this look of just utter confusion.  But then slowly smiled and said “well…I guess I also wasn’t having that much fun…you’re not really my type and I thought we would have had more in common…but I really admire you for asking.”

I laughed.  ”Yeah…it was scary.  And I am kinda sad that you’re not really that into me, I find you very attractive.”

We talked for a little while longer, paid our bill, and left.  We didn’t have a second date.  But that moment was so exciting and fun, even in remembering and typing it here I felt some of the thrill of that moment.  And we didn’t have to continue pretending that something was going to come of us dating which just wansn’t true.  We both got to really see each other in that moment.

Sometimes you won’t like what you see, but at least you’ll know where you stand.

KindCommunication.org is a project by a close friend of Wiki World Order, Alex Leach. WWO fully supports the study, practice, and teaching of non-violent communication as one of the core solutions which already exists.

Up in Smoke: A Timeline of Marijuana Use in the U.S. (info graphic)

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Up in Smoke: A Timeline of Marijuana Use in the U.S.

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Up in Smoke: A Timeline of Marijuana Use in the U.S.

The political discussion regarding decriminalizing marijuana use is centuries old, yet remains a hot-button issue even today. Where did it all start? Are we heading for a full legalization of marijuana throughout the country? Let’s explore some of these questions, as well as a quick look at the increase of its use in the U.S.
Reefer Madness?

18.9 million – The number of marijuana users (occasional and daily) in the U.S. This accounts for 7.3% of the population.
42% – The percentage of Americans 12 and older who have used marijuana at one point in their lives
4.4 million – The increase in marijuana users from 2007 to today
48.3% – Percentage of drug arrests involving marijuana
1 in 3 – Americans who live in states where pot is legal for medical uses
333,578 – Americans admitted to treatment programs for marijuana abuse or addiction in 2011, though chemical addiction to the drug remains a debatable issue
Washington and Colorad – The only two states that have legalized the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana

Medicinal Marijuana

- Marijuana isn’t always used for recreation. Its euphoric “high” is often utilized as a natural painkiller for various diseases. But only select states hold the right to disperse it to patients.

There are currently 21 states that allow the use of medicinal marijuana, including D.C.
- Alaska – Arizona – California – Colorado – Connecticut – D.C. – Delaware – Hawaii – Illinois – Maine – Massachusetts – Michigan – Montana – Nevada – New Hampshire – New Jersey – New Mexico – Oregon – Rhode Island – Vermont – Washington

Diseases/conditions for which medicinal marijuana can be prescribed:
- AIDS (HIV) – Alzheimer’s disease – Arthritis – Crohn’s disease – Epilepsy – Glaucoma – Hepatitis C – Migraines – Multiple sclerosis – Nausea due to chemotherapy – Tourette’s syndrome – Those with terminally ill cancers/conditions

Back in the Day
- Where did it all start? Here is a brief timeline of marijuana production and use in the U.S.

1890s – After the Civil War, marijuana is sold in many over-the-counter medicinal products, and hemp is still a common element in clothes manufacturing.
1906 – The Pure Food and Drug Act is passed, requiring any product with cannabis in it be labeled appropriately.
1920s – After the Mexican Revolution, Mexican immigrants migrate to the United States. Recreational use of marijuana spikes, and the drug becomes associated with the immigrant population.
1930 – The Federal Bureau of Narcotics is established, and the federal criminalization of marijuana looms.
1931 – The list of states outlawing marijuana rises to 29 as fear and resentment of Mexican immigrants increases during the Great Depression.
1936 – “Reefer Madness,” the propaganda film intent on scaring middle class white citizens into fearing marijuana use, is released.
1950s – Federal mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana possession and use are established.
1960s – Recreational use of marijuana increases and creeps into upper-class America. But its effects are scientifically studied and shown not to induce violence.
1970s – Many mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana are repealed, and for the first time marijuana is differentiated from other more harmful drugs.
1986 – President Ronald Reagan promises to get tough on marijuana use and introduces new federal minimum mandatory sentences.
1996 – California’s Proposition 215 allows marijuana to be used as a painkiller for various diseases, include AIDS and cancer.
2000 to 2011 – More than a dozen states vote to decriminalize marijuana for medical uses. But because of federal laws, marijuana use and possession still remain chargeable offenses.
2012 – Washington and Colorado become the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana for some adults.

The Doobie Debate: Dangerous Gateway or Harmless Hobby?

To some, it’s a less-dangerous version of alcohol. To others, it’s a hazardous trend that provides a gateway into harder drugs. Let’s take a closer look at this debate and where it leaves the U.S. today.

There is a clear difference between both the number of people who smoke marijuana today compared to the 20th century and the number of people who are willing to admit it.

1964 – 4 in 100 people had smoked marijuana in the past year.
2013 – Gallup polls show that 1 in 4 people have smoked marijuana in the past year.

What are the two sides actually saying?

Legalize it!

Marijuana is no more harmful to the body than alcohol or cigarettes.
Crime rates relating to marijuana and drug cartels would reduce.
The FDA could regulate the safety of marijuana.
Its legalization would free “criminals” who have suffered harsh mandatory minimum sentences in U.S. prisons.

No hope in dope!

Marijuana is a gateway drug to harder, more dangerous drugs.
Incidents of intoxicated driving would increase.
Those who have been arrested for marijuana-related charges will be back on the streets and committing more crimes.
The legalization of marijuana will eventually lead to the legalization of all drugs.

Citations

- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml
- http://www.drugwarfacts.org
- http://www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org
- http://www.pbs.org
- http://www.balancedpolitics.org
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Tragedy and Hope Media Mail / This Week’s Publications 10.20.2013

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(Video) History… Solutions: “Take Back Your Power” with Josh del Sol (TBYP)

(Audio) Richard Grove discusses “Mind Control” on the “In Context” FM radio show

(Video) School Sucks Project: Teacher Resignation: I Quit.  I Think.
 
(Video) School Sucks Project: Before You Send Your Child to Public School…

(Audio) School Sucks episode #241: Listener Question – Where Are Gatto’s Footnotes?

(Audio) School Sucks Project: Brett interviewed on PaleoRunner Podcast

(Video) The Corbett Report: Blackout: The Media and the Nuclear Spying Cover-up

(Video) The Corbett Report: Learn History with Philip Zelikow!

(Video) James Corbett and James Evan Pilato – New World Next Week: ASEAN Union, Petition Shutdown, Monsanto’s Nobel

(Video) James Corbett and James Evan Pilato – New World Next Week: Black Sites, Designer Babies, FDA Shutdown

(Audio) The Corbett Report and Radio Liberty: The Default Distraction

(Audio) The Corbett Report and Radio Liberty: Moral Evil and the Markets

(Video) James Corbett for Boiling Frogs Post: Blackout: The Media and the Nuclear Spying Cover-up
 

(Video) The Corbett Report: Cover Up: The Phony DOJ Investigation Into Plamegate

(Audio) Red Ice Radio: Josh del Sol – Hour 1 – Take Back Your Power: Smart Grid Agenda

(Audio) Red Ice Radio 3Fourteen: Darrell Becker – Voluntary & Non Violent Communication

(Audio) Red Ice Radio: Russ Baker – Hour 1 – Michael Hastings, Libya Repeating in Syria & JFK

(Audio) Red Ice Radio: Marc Stevens – Hour 1 – Government Violence & The Stockholm Syndrome

(Audio) Red Ice Radio 3Fourteen: Rodney Ascher & Andras Jones – Room 237: Stanley Kubrick’s The …

(Audio) Media Monarchy: #FoodWorldOrder: Sights and Sounds from @BeesAndSeedsPDX

(Audio) Media Monarchy: @PumpUpThaVolume: #Episode081 – #MasterPlan

(Audio) Media Monarchy: @PumpUpThaVolume: #Episode080 – Strong 

(Audio) Gnostic Media episode #180: An Interview with Ramiel Nagel – “Back to Paleo: Curing Tooth Decay – Naturally”

(Audio) Meria Heller Show: Meria Delivers The News

The One Thing to Become More Compassionate – by Kind Communication

Re-posted From: http://KindCommunication.org/2013/10/20/the-one-thing-to-become-more-compassionate/

Do you ever wish you could be more compassionate?  Wish you weren’t as critical of others, or of yourself?  Luckily there’s really only one thing you need to do to become more compassionate.  Have empathy.  Empathy is the experience of putting yourself in somone’s shoes.  Its about really feeling what another person feels.  Its about identifying and connecting with the core desires and concerns in others and oneself.

Sympathy is when we notice another’s suffering, and feel pity but we keep ourselves at a safe distance.  Empathy is stronger, it is actually entering that other person’s world.  Feeling their pain as if it were your own.

But there are three things that stop most of us from empathizing with ourselves or others.

First, we’re often feel scared.  We’re scared of lots of things.  You might be scared that if you embrace this person’s world you will lose your own perspective.  You’ll become just as sad as they are, or you’ll start agreeing with them and lose your perspective.  You might be scared that if I empathize with someone then you wont be able to take care of yourself as effectively.  You might be scared that if you let yourself feel that much, you’ll get hurt.  Fear is a big obstacle that stops people from reaching out and connecting with others.  But this fear of connecting with others stops us from being the fully compassionate beings we can be.  This fear may never go away, and so we need the courage to empathize with people even when we are scared.

Second, we might think that they’re just wrong.  When someone’s doing something I disagree with, I often have the thought “you’re wrong”.  One time a participant in a workshop said “this exercise was boring”.  My immediate reaction in my head was “well then you didn’t do it right”.  And as I was having that belief I felt all this resentment and resistence to this person.  Luckily, I checked myself before speaking….I noticed this thought and identified the underlying feelings and needs.  I was scared that I wasn’t being appreciated & supported.  I then was able to voice my anxiety in the moment, as well as my desire for the participant to get the growth they were looking for.  But as long as I viewed that participant as wrong there was no way I could extend empathy and thus compassion to them.

Third, we don’t know how.  Or put more accurately we’ve forgotten how.  It seems to me that my most natural state is to be compassionate.  When I’m compassionate I’m struggling less, I’m more present in the moment, I feel more relaxed.  What could be more natural than those things?  Our culture though doesn’t teach compassion.  Certainly little pockets of our culture do.  And certainly large pockets of our culture gives compassion and empathy lip service.  But the large message I hear when I see the news, most movies, and most television is to get what your’s.  That the world is dog eat dog, and you’ve got to get what’s yours first.  That you need to win.  And so after decades of that kind of training must of us forget how to empathize and connect with another person.  We’ve learnt to just view the world through our own ego.  And so if you find yourself here the lucky thing is that there are lots of great teachers, books, and exercises to relearn how to empathize with others.  For starters just try this: the next time a friend is venting to you, stay quite.  Nod your head, try to mirror the other person’s facial expressions.  And when they pause ask them how they felt when that happened.  You might be surprised by the results.

KindCommunication.org is a project by a close friend of Wiki World Order, Alex Leach. WWO fully supports the study, practice, and teaching of non-violent communication as one of the core solutions which already exists.

Tragedy and Hope Media Mail / This Week’s Publications 10.7.2013

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(Video) History… In Action: Mark Passio’s Natural Law Seminar

(Video) The Corbett Report: Solutions: Make Your Own Media

(Video) James Corbett and James Evan Pilato – New World Next Week: Silk Road Shutdown, Fukushima Fast Food, Exercise Pills

(Video) James Corbett on RT: Syria is NOT a civil war, it is a foreign intervention

(Video) The Corbett Report: Introduction to Bizarro Economics – The Geneva Business Insider

(Audio) The Corbett Report and Radio Liberty: Italian Crack-up, Japanese Jokers and America “Shutdown”

(Video) The Corbett Report: Global Warming Minute – Why is the IPCC “95% Certain” that Climate …

(Audio) James Corbett for Boiling Frogs Post: Who is Marc Grossman?
 

(Audio) James Corbett on The Power Hour with Joyce Riley: Breaking Down the Shutdown Hoax and Bail-in Scam

(Audio) James Corbett interview #758: Richard Heathen Rallies Against Alison Redford

(Audio) Media Monarchy: @PumpUpThaVolume: #Episode079 – #TheTruth

(Audio) Unplugged Mom podcast (From the Archives): Out of Plato’s Cave with Paul Verge
 
(Audio) Unplugged Mom podcast: Freedom Under Fire

(Video) Gnostic Media episode #178: An Interview with Paul D. Schrader – “San Bernardino County’s Sheri…

(Audio) Gnostic Media: Marc Stevens – NSP – with Jan Irvin and Adam, Plus a NSP Group Chat

(Audio) School Sucks Project: Brett On Freedom Lovin’ Podcast with Kevin Koskella

(Audio) Red Ice Radio:  Kingsley Dennis – Hour 1 – The Struggle for Your Mind

(Audio) Red Ice Radio: Tjeerd Andringa – Hour 1 – Bureaucracy, Cognition & Geopolitics…

(Audio) Red Ice Radio 3Fourteen: Rodney Ascher & Andras Jones – Room 237: Stanley Kubrick’s The …

(Audio) Meria Heller Show: “Blood & Guts” Meria with Jack Blood

Four Questions to Know if Nonviolent Communication is What You Want – by Kind Communication

Re-posted From: http://KindCommunication.org/2013/10/06/four-questions-to-know-if-nonviolent-communication-is-needed/

I’ve been asked by several people “when should I use Nonviolent Communication?”  And I used to answer with a resounding “Always! Anytime!”  But I finally noticed that this only reinforced a “have to” mentality.  Now people were burdened with this new obligation.  So allow me to give four questions to help you figure out if Nonviolent Communication will help meet your needs in a given situation.

First, “am I talking about a personal issue or an intellectual issue?”  Nonviolent Communication pushes you to get out of your thoughts and into your feelings and core desires and concerns (needs).  When you discuss thoughts there is this inherent evaluation of true or false, better or worst.  While when you discuss feelings there is equity of sharing.  But that isn’t to say that thought filled discussions aren’t useful.  If you’re discussing the merits of a scientific study, or if you’re diagnosing a car problem, or if you’re trying to figure out how to solve a complicated problem on a work project you may need to look at thoughts and ideas and evaluate which ones are more useful than others.

Sometimes though we think an issue is an intellectual one, but in fact it is quite personal.  I remember once I was dating someone long distance, and we were having a difficult time about how often we got to see each other.  I thought “oh how simple, let’s just discuss options for how we could see each other more often.”  What a good intellectual challenge.  But I found as I went over and over the same options my partner was just getting more and more frustrated.  I missed the boat.  I thought we were having an intellectual conversation, but my partner really wanted a personal discussion.

That story reminds me of the second question, “am I getting stuck?  Do I feel unheard?”  I was getting stuck in a loop.  I just kept repeating the same four options over and over again, and my partner was just getting more and more angry.  If I had stopped to ask myself this second question, I would have screamed “yes!”  This was a sign that I needed to dive deeper.  Instead of repeating my four options, I could go a little deeper and reveal my feelings and needs.  The conversation with my partner would have changed radically if I had said “you know, I’m really annoyed and disappointed that I can’t solve this problem with you…in fact I feel hopeless.  I’m really scared though that admitting that means that I’m going to lose you and our connection.”

And the same goes for the other person.  “Does my conversation partner seem stuck?  Do they seem unheard?”  They may need some help breaking into a more vulnerable and connected conversation.  Try extending some empathy; reflecting back the unspoken feelings and needs you think are there.  I could have tried saying to my partner “oh…you know it sounds like you’re really upset?  Is that cause you’re scared that there aren’t any good solutions to our problem?  And are you sad that maybe we can’t make this work?”

Vulnerability can break the cycle.

The final question I have is “do I want to experience a deeper connection here?”  The goal of Nonviolent Communication is to create intimacy and connection through being vulnerable.  Is that what you want to occur?  Maybe you do, but maybe you don’t.  I don’t always want to have deep connection and intimacy with the stranger I meet in the check-out line, sometimes I just want to get home.  But I certainly wanted to have a deeper connection with my partner in the story above.  That’s the whole reason we wanted to see each other more often!  And so this final question may be the real fundamental question to when to use Nonviolent Communication and when to not.

KindCommunication.org is a project by a close friend of Wiki World Order, Alex Leach. WWO fully supports the study, practice, and teaching of non-violent communication as one of the core solutions which already exists.