I recently discovered the work of David Hayward – aka The NakedPastor
One of the unique points that I responded to is David’s ability to present what could be complex issues via a combination of one of his high-level cartoons plus a few sentences.
One of my favourites so far, of the ones I’ve seen is;
David is in the business of healing hurt taken from religious encounters.
Another teacher who teaches via humour and wisdom is Steve Bhaerman aka Swami Beyondananda;
Steve Bhaerman is an internationally known author, humorist, and workshop leader. For the past 23 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the “Cosmic Comic.” Swami’s comedy has been called “irreverently uplifting” and has been described both as “comedy disguised as wisdom” and “wisdom disguised as comedy.”
As the Swami, Steve is the author of Driving Your Own Karma (1989), When You See a Sacred Cow, Milk It For All It’s Worth (1993), Duck Soup for the Soul (1999) and Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction (2004).
Go find The NakedPastor HERE
and Swami Beyondananda HERE
Aren’t all ‘grown-ups’ silly?
Yup! and truth, humour, reality & humanity also come in little packages. Where can you get a daily supply? Answer the ‘MyLifeIsAverage’ site.
Here are today’s crop of little packages of truth, humour, reality and humanity. Ordinary folks – microscopic confessions.
I defy you to read them and not feel better about being you – and being in the world!
Today, I was talking to myself in my house. The mail man saw me and gave me a funny look. I then pointed to the other side of me head to make it seem like I was wearing a Bluetooth. MLIA
Today my dentist asked me if I floss. I haven’t flossed in years but I told him I do every day. He told me he could tell. MLIA
Today, a Billy Mays commercial came on. I felt guilty changing the channel, so I watched the whole thing. I felt as if I had paid my respects to him. MLIA
Today, while hanging out with some friends, I made a witty observation. Everyone laughed. Later that day while around different people, I told the same joke as if I had never said it before, and got a similar reaction. MLIA.
Today, I took a quiz on facebook on whether or not Megan Fox would date me. Even though I’m a girl and I’m straight, I felt quite satisfied to find out that she might date me. MLIA
Today I played basketball with a kid on my street I dont like that much. He complimented on how well I played. I like him more now. MLIA
Today, I needed to walk across a one way street. I still looked both ways out of habit. MLIA
Today I put on a pair of shorts that I haven’t worn in a long time. I put my hand in my pocket and found a five dollar bill. I felt as if myself from the past wanted to give a gift to myself in the future. I was satisfied with the gift. MLIA.
Today, I heard a knock at the door. I looked out the window and saw a Fedex truck parked outside the house. I decided to wait until the delivery man was gone to get the package so I wouldn’t have to interact with him. MLIA
Today, I was sad about Michael Jackson’s death. So I looked up all his songs and downloaded them illegally, but I didn’t feel bad cause he doesn’t need the money anymore. MLIA.
Today, I sneezed while I was alone. I blessed myself. Then I thanked myself. MLIA.
Today, my parents weren’t home so I decided to blast my music, since they always tell me to turn it down. After about 5 minutes, I lowered the volume because it was too loud. MLIA
Today, When I drove under a tree, one of the branches scraped the top of my car. As a reflex, I ducked even though there was no possibility that the tree could hit me. MLIA
Today, in the shower there was a hair on the wall. I didn’t want to touch it so I got puddles of water and threw it at it in hope it would fall. It didn’t. I then aimed the shower head at it. I fell. MLIA
Today, I wanted to make bubbles, but was too lazy to blow them. I put the bubble wand in front of a fan. It worked and I was amused. MLIA.
Would you accept that there is profundity in the prosaic?
MLIA – MyLifeIsAverage is HERE – its the antidote to our sickening celebrity consciousness!
Pat Condell, the social network site MLIA (My Life is Average) and the
Saudi intellectual Abdallah bin Bakhit –
the 3 truth-tellers that zapped me in 1 week
As someone interested for half a century in truth and reality it is unusual to discover three disparate gateways to these great human concerns in one month.
The first I have previously mentioned – Pat Condell. That was the truth, reality and art that I found in the work of an atheist. Beware it is strong – and you have to listen hard beyond the ‘abuse’ and anger to certain spiritual truths that are/should be preeminent in many religions – the Golden Rule, Justice, not imposing your world-view on others, hating the act (where appropriate) and not the actor etc
Pat Condell’s talks are here as MP3s and he also has a channel on YouTube. That was surprising because that half century has led me to a broadly mystical view of reality and human reality – as say in Ken Wilber and Eckhart Tolle.
How is it that I appreciate Pat Condell so much – as someone who gathers light and inspiration from (parts of) all religions – including Islam? Briefly, because it would be quite a long appreciation, he is energetically opposing the corruption I see in virtually all religions and, given his belief system, he is a quality of truth-teller almost entirely absent from those who inhabit religious communities. Not only that he also (seems to) possess, in good measure, the values, qualities and attributes that so many people of religion claim to have – but don’t. ‘Seems to’ because even truth-telling atheists have to walk the talk – but I suppose persistence in the face of dozens of death-threats means he most definitely is walking the talk.
The second addition to truth-telling in and around the human condition came from the MLIA – My Life is Average site. Now it would be easy to dismiss this because it is whimsical, trivial and of no great importance but I think it has struck, uniquely, a chord that belonged only to self-deprecating comedians – and its brevity, as with Twitter, is essential. Here are four examples at random;
Today, while voting on submissions, I stumbled across a story beginning with a “today” that was not capitalized. Offended, I clicked “no”. MLIA.
Today, Billy Mays yelled at me through the TV and told me to buy Oxyclean. I yelled back at him that I wasn’t going to. MLIA.
Today, I told my friends I needed to show them a hillarious Youtube video. I played it for them and when nobody started laughing I said, “Oh this is the wrong one.” Then I pretended like I couldn’t find the right one. MLIA
Today, I made a triple-chocolate sundae and I felt fat. So I topped it off with sugar-free hot fudge and I felt like I was making healthy choices. MLIA
How can I possibly mention in the same breath great human beings and this site of small happenings in the lives and consciences of the people on MLIA – many of them are youngsters?
Again I must be brief. Our moral lives are in the decisions we make. Most are minor ones, most are known only to ourselves. Many are to defend our self-image, or the self we would aspire to – if only we were a bit more courageous. But what of the bishops and popes and mullahs who are full of cant and deceit and pomposity, and worse still, lacking in compassion and fellow-feeling and a sense of justice?
Now in this time when many are rightly concerned about the rise and spread of extremist Islam I next want to re-tell a story about Muhammad.
One day a parent came to Muhammad to ask Him to verbally chastise their child who was prone to eat too many dates. To the surprise of the parent, given the task was small and the child was there, Muhhammad told the parent to return the next day. On the next day the child was told not too eat too many dates. When asked why a return that day was necessary Muhammad said that it was because on the previous day he had eaten (rather too many) dates!
The story may not be ‘true’ – but the truth of the story is true – and it would be true if it were in the tradition of Hausa people or Inuit or Jewish people.
Now I remain someone whose belief system is broadly-speaking that of a mystical humanist or humanist mystic or universalist. However I was never zapped by three such disparate ‘tellers of truth’ in quite the same way as in this most recent week – Pat Condell, the contributors to MLIA and the third of these disparate additions to truth-telling in my life the Saudi intellectual Abdallah bin Bakhit.
From Abdallah bin Bakhit I learned the true value of secularism for religious communities – as well as what it takes to be courageous in a state of maximum suppression. If you haven’t watched his video yet it’s here;
PS If you want to see the kind of courage it takes to be a balanced intellectual like Abdallah bin Bakhit in Saudi Arabia check this out – Kill the Owners of Satellite TV Channels, As the Law Prescribes
For President Obama’s success as a stand-up go HERE