#154 Thoughts in Quarantine: Charlie- Unraveling Pessimism

June 2, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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According to my calculations at the time of this recording on May 27, 2020, we are in our 11th week of quarantine. How have you managed in the disconcerting time?

You know for me, this time has provided, or forced, an opportunity a deep philosophical thought. For instance I have been reading Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Viktor Frankl and TS Eliot. Whew! I think I’m in the mood for the calamities of a pleasant John Grisham novel.

Today, Paul, I’d like to initiate a two-week series on Thoughts in Quarantine, instead of Conversations in Quarantine. I’d like to begin with the series with you and me discussing two related philosophies: One, on the subject of Desire and Boredom and Two, on the Necessity of Suffering. Next week, Terry Hershey will take over the mic and interview me on the unexpected gifts this quarantine has allotted me.

Desire and Suffering, today’s topics, are rooted in the pessimistic viewpoints of philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (b 1788-d 1860) and his demandingly thoughtful book On the Suffering of the World.

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The End Is the Beginning

May 30, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning. / The end is where we start from.T.S Eliot, Little Gidding, from Four Quartets

Shuttered at home has initiated an expanded breadth of my reading list to books I had little interest in reading previously. Among those books included the poetry of T.S. Eliot, two of whose books are considered literary classics, The Wasteland and Four Quartets.

One of the beauties of great literature is that relevance is not limited to designated times of personal history. They are indeed eternal in their applicability.
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#153 Conversations in Quarantine: Ty Rose- When to Go with Your Gut

May 30, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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You know for the last couple of weeks I seem to have focused a lot energy on this idea of Navigating with No Map. Today I plan to kinda continue with that thought but with an entirely different take, which is about: “When to Go with Your Gut.”

I’m a “gut guy.” I believe that humans have millions of years of evolution updating our knowledge of the role of intuition in decision-making. It has only been since the industrial revolution that we have begun to use numbers and analyses as fundamental guidelines for our significant choices in life. Although such a move has proven helpful I science, I’m not so sure it is all that valid in making life-based decisions.

You see, I think that each of us possesses a powerful internal GPS that guides our ability to make good decisions, which, as I see it, are formed based on three primary influences: intuition, passion, and personal character. Today I would like to pay most of our attention to intuition.

To help in this thought process my guest is a successful and highly intuitive individual that has made significant life choices that, at the end of the day, have been based on his very informed intuition… or gut.

Our guest today was the very first guest on the show back in July of 2016. 152 episodes later he is back. I have known Ty Rose since about 1985 and have been privileged to be witness many of his most important decisions. I so admire Ty: his intelligence, his contributions to society, and his strong belief in listening to his heart.

Let’s bring on Ty Rose to discuss our internal GPS and intuition.

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Before It’s Too Late

May 23, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“What are the small ways in which you can contribute to peace on earth? What monumental prayer can you pray to alleviate suffering in this world, one human being, one grey wolf, one old-growth redwood tree at a time?” Mirabai Starr

In her song Wake Up, Alicia Keys hums, “When we gonna wake up… before it’s too late?”

Haunted by a Daunting Reality

I was listening to Alicia while pondering this post and found her words touching a haunting spot in my soul. Although written with romantic love in mind, her message nevertheless reflects an altogether daunting reality. As a people with influence, we need to wake up before it’s too late… for so many reasons.
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#152Conversations in Quarantine: Terry Hershey- A World on Tilt

May 20, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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Hey Paul, did you realize that when this show goes live we will have been in some kind of quarantine for 10-12 weeks? Now, for those few of us that are old and introverted, this really hasn’t been all that difficult. But I think of many others… people with kids, or couples in relationships that are not so good or, worse, what about those tragic occurrences of abusive homes. Man… I can’t imagine. My heart genuinely goes out…

But, on the other hand, I think for the majority of us, this time of quarantine is more like a gross inconvenience than any thing else. Sure I miss my sushi, my movies and my museums. Only God knows when those will return. (Who knows if a sushi bar will ever be back?)

But those are the kinds of the issues we are facing aren’t they? Only God knows… certainly not our country’s leaders, who are all forced to function with no guidelines and no precedents—just sort of making it up as they go along.

Surely, these days we are like A World on Tilt.

Today, in our Conversations in Quarantine, I want to chat about these thoughts with my dear friend and compatriot Terry Hershey. Terry and I will play will the by same rules in the show today: no map and no agenda—only conversation, like… two guys sitting with two beers, well, except… my beer will be sparkling water.

Visit Terry at www.terryhershey.com . Under the tab on e-courses you will find the free E-Course: The Power of Pause.

For more with Charlie Hedges please visit www.thenextchapter.life

For more with Charlie Hedges please visit www.thenextchapter.life

Visit Terry at www.terryhershey.com . Under the tab on e-courses you will find the free E-Course: The Power of Pause.

 

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