“She’s a witch! We got a witch!” The crowd yelled as they brought her forward. One of the most famous and shared scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “How do you know she’s a witch?” “She looks like one.” A bit more discussion and the crowd rallies, “Burn her, burn her!” The scene … Continue reading Scarier than the Witch, is the Crowd Rallying to Burn Her
“So Rob, tell me; are you a God-fearing man?” Almost twenty years ago in Nashville, I was having lunch with one of my rep agencies. There were about eight of us. When my salad came, I began to eat it while conversing with the group. As their salads came, they waited for everyone to get … Continue reading The Threat of Heaven and the Promise of Hell
Through a series of unfortunate events, surviving two decades in a violent, volatile, crime-ridden neighborhood and one particular incident where I had two guns pressed into my head, I realized something: what is taught and practiced in a dojo, doesn’t really translate to the street. Reality isn’t so neatly packaged. For 17 years after the … Continue reading Using What We’re Good at For Good
“I try. I try to be a righteous man. I try to give love all over the world. But I’m tired of being used!” – Charles Bradley: Ain’t It a Sin Such passion that you know came from a hard-earned life. The Screaming Eagle of Soul passed away just two years ago and way too early. May he … Continue reading How to Be a Yogi Without Being a Chump
I come from a rough neighborhood; that’s no secret. Where I grew up, people were gruff, rough, and tough. In fact, here’s a typical greeting; and seriously, no bullshit, verbatim: “Joe! How the hell are you, you fat fucking bastard? Life treating you good or what?” Realness. You know this guy cares about Joe; asking … Continue reading The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy
Right around this time every year, I’m riveted, mesmerized, and lost for about three hours in front of my television. No … not that show. Not that one either. This show is an eclectic mix of genres, backgrounds, and styles, mixing together like a well-blended cocktail of only the best unrelated ingredients served in a … Continue reading A Joyful Explosion of Humanity
Can we save the planet? No. It’s a damn planet! If the sun eventually wants to engulf the earth, there’s nothing we can do about it. It was here before us and it will be here after us. So, when we talk about saving the planet, we’re really talking about saving ourselves. It’s about optimizing … Continue reading World Peace?