Ask Jesse Episode 32: Reacting & Distracting

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Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall

“Now is not the time for this,” I hear several times a day when I try to point out the bigger picture or some nuance to an issue that I feel is being overlooked by someone. My reaction to that, spoken or unspoken, is usually, “Bullshit!”.

I think it is precisely our inability to take or make time to consider the bigger picture, the nuanced argument, the root causes, the historical context, an alternative viewpoint, a new idea, a different voice, etc. – that prevents us from resolving conflicts and finding real solutions and instead, keeps us in a reactionary state.

“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it,” former presidential candidate and spiritual leader, Marianne Williamson wrote in her book, A Return to Love, “If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.”

When someone says to me, “Now is not the time for this!”, even when it is in a Twitter or Facebook comment, I can sense the frantic energy behind it. That energy allows no room for peace or for the deep wisdom that comes from a serious consideration of what are in fact serious problems.

That frantic energy and pace is something the political media industrial complex is largely responsible for. Cable news outlets consistently present us with the often legitimately disturbing but usually overblown bombshell of the day, sending us into anxiety or rage while political candidates and pundits offer us a counter fix with a cheap slogan: “Vote Blue!”, “Make America Great!”, “Build Back Better!” (cut to the ubiquitous pharmaceutical ad).

But if you point out that none of those slogans address the systemic problems of wealth inequality in this country (just as the drugs that cable news’ sponsors are selling mostly fail to address the underlying cause of any disease) – “Now is not the time for this!”

“Bullshit!” Is what we all need to start saying to that.

It is beyond time.

As Jesse mentioned in this episode, one of the more unfortunate overreactions to the riot at the Capitol Building is a call for more internet censorship. For more details on that we suggest Caitlin Johnstone’s article: MSM Already Using Capitol Hill Riot To Call For More Internet Censorship

As I mentioned at the top of this episode, several things happened this week that were deserving of attention. The Grayzone covered them in their livestream on Wednesday: LIVE: Assange denied freedom, ‘Stop the Steal’ violence, Force the Vote debate & US fake left

For an important overview on the Julian Assange case and why it is so important, I suggest reading Glenn Greenwald’s piece: The Kafkaesque Imprisonment of Julian Assange Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom and Tyranny

For more on the Force The Vote issue, Jesse suggests this article by Briahna Joy Gray: The Case for Forcing a Floor Vote on Medicare for All

Watch/listen to our full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at:

Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

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Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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