Thursday, January 11, 2018

Prophetic voices and events - Krista Tippett, On Being.

The philosophical prophet is a person who can read the signs of the times. Bob Dylan wrote a great lyric, "You don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." There are people who can connect the dots, understand systems, are in touch with the unconscious.

The quality that enables philosophical prophecy is wisdom. Wisdom is based on self knowledge and making the unconscious conscious. Is there a good example of a contemporary philosophical prophet? There are many people who come to mind: Christopher Hedges, Michel Foucault, Noam Chomsky, Kurt Vonnegut, Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan, Naomi Klein, Amy Goodman, Rachel Carson, Barbara Lee, Angela Davis, Krista Tippet, and Tami Simon.

Krista Tippett writes in the introduction to her book, Becoming Wise, "This daunting and wondrous century is throwing open basic questions the twentieth century thought it had answered. Our questions are intimate and civilizational all at once - definitions of when life begins and when death happens; the meaning of marriage and family and identity; of our relationship to the natural world; of our relationship to technology and our relationship through technology." p.2

Krista Tippett's book, podcast, and web site are well worth exploring.


1 comment:

  1. I love Krista Tippett and I love her show On Being. It is well worth listening to. I love her passage in her book, "What does it mean to be human? What matters in life? What matters in death? How can we be of service to each other and the world?" I find that this is what this blog tries to address and why it is called A Way Of Life because being UU is more than just joining a club, it is chosen as a formative influence on the development of one's spiritual life. Right?

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