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Tim Keller Speaking at Google About His Book “The Reason for God”


Tim Keller is one of my super heroes. If you’ve got time you should watch as much as possible.

Authors@Google: Steven Rattner

Rattner’s Google Author Talk


I love posting Rattner’s Charts, so I figured it’s probably time for some folks to listen to Steve Rattner themselves. As the car czar during the auto bailout, and a very prominent member of Wall Street I think that he has a very unique and clear perspective on public policy and business, and he seems to articulate their relationship in a very reasonable manor. I hope you enjoy:

Pope Benedict XVI Resignation – Mea Maxima Culpa (HBO) – and Eckart Tolle on Children


With the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI being announced, and hearing that it has been about 600 years since a Pope resigned (for political reasons), and 719 years since they did so willingly, this is obviously big news… Needless to say I thought it would be worthwhile to spend my night catching up on what seems to be happening. I have heard many people talk about this Pope being one of the more controversial Popes in some time due to his connections with the nondisclosure policy of the church about molesting of children around the world, but not being Catholic I haven’t really taken it upon myself to learn as much as I might otherwise. One of my dear friends informed me that he had just finished the new documentary on HBO about the Catholic Church, and that it was pretty heavy… I decided that I couldn’t hear that and not find out what he was talking about.

So a few minutes ago I just finished watching the documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (HBO Documentary), and it compelled me to look up an old quote from the book A New Earth, by Eckart Tolle. I have heard people say many times in my life that it’s funny to look at children and think about them just being little people, or little adults. I prefer however to do the opposite and consider the vastness of human incapabilities and consider all people to be on a spectrum of adolescence.

On a spiritual level I don’t see all things as Eckart Tolle does, but I do have profound respect for him as a thinker, and a person of transparency. As I was watching Mea Maxima Culpa I couldn’t help but think about how people seem to do very toxic things when they aren’t in environments that encourage or require transparency. And while transparency alone isn’t the cure to people doing bad things, we could still do terrible things, however the cleansing value of ridding one’s self of stagnation in the mind due to secrets and pain is much stronger than we might realize.

The following is a quote from the book “A New Earth” by Tolle, and I put this quote in my phone a long time ago for moving me to consider my respect for my brothers and sisters of all ages:

“In the human deminsion you are unquestionably superior to your child. You are bigger, stronger, know more, can do more. if the dimension is all you know, you will feel superior to your child, if only unconciously. And you will make your child feel inferior, if only unconsciously. There’s no equality between you and your child because there is only form in your relationship, and in form you are of course not equal. You may love your child, but your love will be human only, and that is to say; conditional, possessive, intermittent. Only beyond form, in being, are you equal. And only when you find the formless dimension in yourself can there be true love in that relationship. The presence that you are, the timeless I am, recognizes it’s self in another. And the other, the child in this case, feels loved, that is to say ‘recognized.’. To love is to recognize yourself in another.” – Eckart Tolle (41:50 into the audio book “A New Earth”)

I find this to be a very profound statement, and I recommend considering it’s meaning if you plan to watch the movie Mea Maxima Culpa. Anything in life that is worth fighting for is worth the pain that comes from those fights. If you are a devout Catholic, or Christian in general I think that watching this will maybe hurt your feelings some, but it will also re-instill the true tenants of what it means to be a part of a church. I recommend watching this no matter what you believe, but if it hurts your feelings I think you should examine what is causing you pain about this, and face it. The film is somewhat critical of then Cardinal Ratzinger (currently Pope Benedict XVI). Also, do remember that this is a trailer, and there is much more to the film.

I know that there are some websites where you can watch this film for free (possibly here), but just look online, it’s worth the search in my opinion. Also, if you watch the movie and want to watch something similar I know that Deliver Us from Evil (2006) tells a similar story, and I don’t encourage this begrudgingly, I simply think that we need to have open conversations about things this pervasive and heinous. If you are catholic and offended please let me know, I’d be very open to hearing more.

I did find this resignation and the release of this film coinciding so closely to be very odd, and the conspiracy theorist in my wants to know more, but I am adamant about not jumping to conclusions, as easy as it may be to do so. Please let me know if you have anything more to offer on all of this.

Redshirting: Holding Kids Back From Kindergarten – 60 Minutes


This report combines several things that I love, but mostly it starts a conversation about the premise of my favorite book Outliers. I think the part of the report that I find most interesting/telling is when Mr. Gladwell talks about how the people who take advantage of “red shirting” are the people who least need that competitive edge due to other circumstances.

Seriously, read the book “Outliers“.

“Retirement Heist” – Risk vs Reward

I have been reading the book Retirement Heist by Ellen E. Schultz for a little while because it is my sleepy reading book, and I keep having to go back and re-read. The thing is that the information is fascinating, but it just seems to move so slowly for someone like me. With all of that being said it constantly helps me better understand who the power differential between an employer and employee might become a real problem that could lead to legalized fraud. I thought that this page in the book (which I’m reading from the Kindle App on my phone) helped explain this risk vs reward relationship – as it shouldn’t be with people’s retirements.


Maher, Maddow discuss “Drift,” war, and Reagan

I have been trying to post the video of this conversation for a while now… But I’ve had no luck due to formatting and MSNBC not allowing it to be embedded. Well anyway, I think that you should click on the link below and watch this video, it’s very interesting. A few of the blogs that I follow posted this, and I felt like I had to repost it. I know that these 2 infuriate a lot of my loved ones, but this is a very interesting conversation about something that I find worthwhile in learning about. I have some pretty mixed feelings about President Reagan, but one of the things that seems like an obvious blunder is Iran Contra, and I think that it’s important that we don’t forget what happened. Also, as much as I try to hear both sides out the one person who continually seems more and more like a jerk is Dick Cheney…

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