KEW Episode 18: Dream Bigger

Our fear of the future leads us to discourage the next generation from Dreaming Big. But, big dreams are the key to positive change. Sure, not all dreams come true, but I argue we should remember to Dream Big.

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Flashback to Episode 1: Facts

In my first ever post I discuss Facts, Ideas, and Opinions.

It’s important to know the difference.

In the day of alternate facts, fake news, and seemingly infinite opinions it’s critical to be aware of all the misinformation out there. More critical is being able to discern reality and get as close to the truth as we can.

Because, as my friend Paul taught me, everyone things they’re right. And thinking we are right blurs the lines between ‘real’ reality and our own personal realities. Here I discuss why it’s critical that we define these different levels of reality.

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KEW Episode 17: S.U.C.K. in the U.S.A.

I know, the title may be a little harsh. And don’t tell me to move. I don’t really think the USA sucks in its’ entirety. But there are elements of my home country that seem to be changing. But, of course, I’m also changing. It’s hard to tease apart what factors may be at work. Is it me? It’s not me, it’s you. What’s going on as I age and my country matures?

Here I pose a few questions about how the USA began and where we ended up today. I wonder, couldn’t where we are now have been predicted? Is the constitution (or the bible for that matter) supposed to be literal or metaphorical? Are people so inherently different that no single ‘system’ could accommodate us all? Are we worshiping the wrong idols? Is money and power how we want to measure our success?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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I mean not really, but kinda. The USA is in a weird place. Or is it just me? It’s hard to tease apart who is changing more, myself or my country. Full Episode tomorrow right here.

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KEW Episode 16: Who Tells Your Story?

Eliza Schuyler finally tells her husband’s story in Lin Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton”. But we’ll never really know Hamilton’s story, because he isn’t around to tell it. And, really, did he even know his story? Do you know yours?

Here I argue that it is an important goal of human life to understand who we are and why we do things. To ‘know thyself’ by the time we die. No one else can know us as well as ourselves, and any ‘history’ or ‘her story’ told about us is necessarily inaccurate as it is filtered by someone else’s lens. Only one person can know the ‘truth’, and that’s you.

And, really, it’s not the knowing but the journey toward knowing. Making the decision to know yourself is how you learn. I wonder how many people care enough to make that effort?

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Preview Episode 16: Who Tells Your Story?

Who are you? It’s a basic question that many of us ask. In “Hamilton”, Eliza Schuyler finally tells Hamilton’s story to the world. Who will tell your story? More importantly, will you even know your story? Because, really, if someone else tells it, your story will be through their lens. Better to get to the source. And who cares what other people think or know?

I believe a fundamental element of being human is to ‘know thyself. And I describe here a means of arriving at who you are by analyzing our species, our societies, our governments, and our families through history. In the end, I think we owe it to those who survived natural selection to give us the brains, and the luxury time, to ponder this important question.

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Upcoming KEW Episode 16: Who Tells Your Story?

My family loves “Hamilton” by Lin Manuel Miranda. We love the story. We love the songs. We love the fact that if all education was presented like this everyone would learn more. Sure, we don’t like the fact that history is HIS STORY, and that most, if not all, of what we have learned about the past is someone’s interpretation of what happened rather than what actually happened.

Which is why the “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story” part of Miranda’s “Hamilton” is so intriguing. The stories we hear are someone’s opinion of what they saw, heard, read about, or were told about something that (presumably) happened. And Eliza’s desire to “tell Hamilton’s story” was necessarily skewed by her perspective.

All that is well and good, and we should be aware of the filters we, and others, experience life through. But what I talk about this week is a bit upstream.

Before someone else can tell our story, we need to (should need to) know our own story for our own sake. It’s cool to have someone else interpret our story. Hell, it may be more accurate depending on our own influences, neuroses, or shortcomings. But knowing our own story, accurately, ought to be an important part of life. In fact, I will argue that we owe it to our ancestors to do just that.

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