Ancient Wisdom, Potty Mouths, and the Strange Popularity of "Cocaine Bear"
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As we’re making our trek through 2023, I can’t help but notice how many things I don’t know. I’m constantly discovering new things about our world and its inhabitants. We’re discovering (re-discovering?) wisdom and knowledge that we, as humans, knew and shared thousands of years ago (carnivore diet, anyone?).
Here are five things to make you think, feel, and share.
I can’t get enough of Alabaster DePlume’s “Whiskey Story Time.” It’s hard to explain. I guess it’s jazz, yet, when I hear it, my ears tell my brain that it’s the soundtrack to a whimsical animated movie about a traveling snake oil salesman falling in love with a homely housemaid, set in the late 1800s. What do you see in your mind’s eye?
What we call “pop culture” is, in essence, the cultural zeitgeist. Perhaps the difference is that those things in pop culture may be more durable in terms of longevity. For instance, the “Back to the Future” movies may have been in the cultural zeitgeist at the time, yet we still reference them, making them pop culture. Where does “Cocaine Bear” fit into all this? I didn’t think it was that good, but it’s popular and Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. What do you think?
The Pew Research Center published a “Social Media Fact Sheet” in April 2021. Sure, it’s two years old, but I believe it’s still relevant. Whether or not you’re into charts and diagrams (a nerd like me), it’s interesting to see the numbers according to each platform. YouTube is the clear winner with Facebook on its tail and Instagram coming in a distant third.
The earth is polluted. That’s not me being a hippie, it’s simply the truth. Yet, there’s more to pollution than fast food containers and cigarette butts on the side of the road. We have noise pollution - a surge in our eardrums from not only machines but from our own mouths. Negative words yield negative outcomes. It’s a daily battle for me to stay on the sunny side of life. How do you navigate the treacherous waters of negative talk?
I’m currently listening to “Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization” by Graham Hancock. It is incredibly compelling! We think we know our history, but do we? How much has been lost? What mysteries have we yet to uncover? Does it matter? What do you think?
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