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Survival Of The Nicest

March 25, 2013 by Giulietta Nardone

I love Yes! Magazine and its tagline: Powerful Ideas, Practical actions. Every issue comes jam packed with new ways to look at the way we humans do things.

The article titled “Survival of the Nicest” in the spring 2013 issue caught my eye right away. Runs contrary to what I’ve been raised to believe about my fellow humans.

The gist of the article states that Andrew Carnegie’s interpretation of Darwin’s theories in The Descent of Man were wrong. Darwin’s theories and observations did not support the notion that the corporate economy should concentrate the wealth in the hands of the few — that the hierarchal model emphasizing maximum profit would best benefit humanity.
Instead, new interpretations of Darwin’s research suggests that humans have succeeded through wealth-sharing and cooperation. “Those communities which included the greatest number of the most sympathetic members would flourish best…” (more…)

Is It Hard To Be Brave?

March 8, 2013 by Giulietta Nardone

I watched the second season (and maybe series) finale of Enlightened. Not a big TV viewer but this HBO series feels different on every level. Deep, thoughtful writing that leaves the viewer enlightened after watching it. A call to wake up and be an agent of change like main character Amy Jellicoe. So few answer the call to be brave when it presents itself.

From the first episode, it spoke to the part of me that likes to stand up and ask, “What’s going on here?” knowing that I/you may upset people who do not want to upset the status quo apple cart.

The characters are real, rich and complex – you love and don’t love them at the same time, especially Amy who does at least one cringe-worthy act a week. Yet, when each one started to stand up for his or herself I found myself more on the love than don’t love side. For example, I didn’t find Amy’s boss Dougie attractive at all until the last two shows when he joined Amy to do the right thing and turn the sleazy company President Szidon of Abaddon into the press. Then boom, I’m thinking, “When did Dougie get that sexy?” It happened when he stood up for something that mattered to him, when he exhibited his brave “I don’t give a crap what they do to me” side.  (more…)