The Something Monologues

TSM146 : The Relativity of Our Humanity

In this monologue I introduce the idea that there is a relativity to our humanity.

Many humans like to believe that we are more than human and that's all, while others argue that we are merely a living organism and nothing more. I argue that we are both transcendent and ordinary ! Some people try so hard to be more than human and forget their humanness - at great cost ! While others revel and suffer in their humanness, ignorant of other aspects of their being.

We humans also believe that we are separate and forget that we are defined by our relationship to each other and the natural world. We are in relationship with all of existence ! We become consumed and preoccupied by our roles and forget that they are created by relationships.

There are many people who didn't receive what they needed to feel like whole human beings. I ask if it's possible to reskill people in love and intimacy to create new bonds and attachments in groups of people who are bound by suffering.

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TSM144 : Aloneness & Loneliness - Symptoms of the Human Condition

This monologue gets off to a bit of a rambling start with my venting about killer feral cats etc. but 13 mins in, things begin proper. 

The issue of aloneness & loneliness is an issue that is close to my heart. In today's walk and talk I approach the issue of aloneness & loneliness by talking about my son's life (with his permission) and my own adolescence. I'm often amazed at how sometimes, our children mirror our own lives. What is aloneness & what is loneliness and how does our authentic self relate to the experience of loneliness ? Does loneliness only happen to introverts or are extroverts equally vulnerable, to this most painful symptom of the human condition ?

Loneliness is a universal experience. Today I ponder some potential solutions to loneliness and speculate as to whether whether or not loneliness plays a significant role in our lives. 

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TSM45 : Systems Theory

In this monologue I discuss one of my favourite subjects - Systems Theory. I explore the basic concepts of systems theory and some of the ways in which Systems Theory can be used to make sense of the world around us through such things as Natural Systems, Family Systems and Chaos Theory. I also describe my experience watching butterflies dancing around the bracken fern.

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