An Ode to Hero's

Id like to pay homage to the giants on whose shoulders I stand, and who significantly Influenced my life...its not an exhaustive list, but includes those most relevant to this show.

One of the most memorable chapters in any book that I ever read is Marcus Aurelius opening to his Mediations where he takes time to honor all the people who influenced him. He writes…

  • From my mother, piety and beneficence, and abstinence, not only from harmful deeds, but even from harmful thoughts; and further, simplicity in my way of living, far removed from the habits of the rich.
  • From Diognetus, not to busy myself about trifling things
  • From Fronto I learned to observe what envy, and duplicity, and hypocrisy are in a tyrant

And it goes on and on...In this spirit, I can think of know better way to begin this first episode of the show than by honoring the people who greatly influenced me, by saying one thing about them that really affected me

Ill start with standup comedians, who are the people who are really able to expose reality, and do so in a humorous and cathartic way.

  • George Carlin- that we owe it to the world to call bullshit
  • Chris Rock - that comedy is political
  • Joe Rogan- that a powerful reality exists beyond the ordinary
  • Bill Hicks - that in the end, were all connected
  • Mark Twain - that writing is a necessity for people who care about humanity
  • Bill Maher- to strive to find the pearl buried in the mud
  • And Russell Brand, that naked honesty is beautiful

Next group are the Spiritual and Ethical teachers, who taught us how to live in the world, how to make a life worth living

  • Joseph Campbell , that all mythologies say the same thing: that the main task in life is the Heros journey
  • Thich Nhat Hanh the Buddhist monk - that the present moment is a miracle
  • Jesus - that the kingdom is on earth, and men do not see it
  • Alan Watts - not to take life too seriously
  • Steven Covey - for teaching me how create my reality
  • Terence McKenna - that entheogens exist to help humanity wake up
  • Tenzin Gyatso - the Dalai Lama - that deep compassion is the ultimate sign of enlightenment
  • Werner Erhard - to create rather than follow
  • Siddhartha Gautama - the Buddha - for teaching us how to wake up
  • And Wayne Dyer - don’t settle for a mundane existence

Next are the Writers, from literature to political commentators

  • Herman Melville - for teaching the true art of writing
  • MLK - to give a voice to those who cant speak
  • Christopher Hitchens - that the people in charge have no idea what's going on
  • George Orwell - that writing about injustice is a duty
  • Victor Hugo - not to forget what happened in the past
  • Frederick Nietzsche - to push beyond the society that formed us
  • Henry David Thoreau - to simplify
  • Noam Chomsky - that people yearn for the truth
  • Charles Dickens - that the pen is a mighty adversary
  • Bernie Sanders - the power of a candle in the dark
  • Cornel West - helping us to really feelthe blues
  • And Ernest Hemmingway - the value of clean well-lighted place

Finally there is the modern media, from films to shows

  • The great Monty Python - to laugh at the absurd
  • Howard Stern- to work hard for your passion
  • Charlie Chaplin - that we can build a better world, if we would only focus on our similarities
  • Coen brothers - the profound in a simple story
  • Jon Stewart- we can use the media against itself
  • Dan Carlin - that history is fascinating when told well
  • Quentin Tarantino - for teaching us master class filmmaking
  • Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park- that Cartman exists in the world, and we can laugh about it
  • Neil degrasse Tyson - passion for our universe
  • Brian lamb at C-SPAN - that sunlight is the best disinfectant
  • Michael Moore - that documentaries can change the world
  • And David Attenborough the naturalist - that humans are just one of the fascinating living beings

Obviously, the list could go on and on, to mention artists, musicians, professors, but this will give you an idea of the people that strongly influenced my life, and would surely make yours more complete. The overriding theme is that they used there life to stand for something, something bigger than themselves. And that alone is worth admiration