Unraveling the Motivations Hidden Within Us

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Unraveling the Motivations Hidden Within Us

I’m quite proud of our own unique contribution to the news landscape these past few weeks. In particular, last week’s episode with Dr. Mahzarin Banaji on implicit bias and this week’s conversation with Pauline Boss on ambiguous loss offer a deeper understanding about what’s at the root of what drives us. If one of these podcasts resonates with you, I’d like to ask you a favor: share them with three of your friends. Share a specific moment that piqued your curiosity or made you uncomfortable or prompted a question. We need your help in making a difference and informing the public discourse.

Donald Trump greets supporters after speaking at a campaign rally in Albany, New York. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images © All Rights Reserved.)

With the Brexit vote, many a comparison has been made to Donald Trump’s political popularity in the United States. In “Looking at Trump and Seeing Ourselves,” Parker Palmer, as he often does, asks us to see things a bit differently:

“Are you and I willing to see ourselves reflected in Trump, to say that what’s repugnant in him finds resonance in us?”

It’s a challenging read about questioning otherness and the roles we knowingly and unknowingly play in perpetuating deep divides.

(Jessica Lehrman / Flickr / Some Rights Reserved,)

Where’s a place for outrage? It’s a real challenge to think about and practice a generous type of love that transcends the tragedy and the suffering in the world right now. Omid Safi’s column pivots on the wisdom of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who once asked:

“Please tell me how I can love you better.”

This prompt is an invitation, one I fear we don’t extend nearly as much as we should, non? Now more than ever, we need to love others in times of turmoil and uncertainty. How do you need to be loved?

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“The question isn’t whether we’re going to have to do hard, awful things. The question is whether we have to do them alone.”

Kate Braestrup graces the Becoming Wise podcast this week. She tells the story of policewoman Anna Love, who embodies the idea of love in action — even when facing horrible circumstances while bringing new life into this world.

A makeshift memorial for the victims of Orlando in front of the United States embassy in Berlin, Germany cites lines from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sonnet that he delivered during his acceptance speech at the Tony Awards. (Adam Berry / Getty Images © All Rights Reserved.)

“Art has the power to remind us that, beyond the horrifying events spanning human history, the unassailable force of love abides.”

In an information-saturated world, how might poetry and art help us transcend a steady stream of depressing news reports and partisan diatribes — and process just how badly we’re hurting as a country? Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 16-line sonnet at the Tonys, Sarah Smarsh comments on the data of tragedy and the province of art.

“We are made by what would break us, repeatedly.”

Krista sat down with Big Think’s Jason Gots for a lively conversation on the messiness, mystery, and the slippery nature of the language we need most. Take a listen!

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“The whole time that I’m out there running I’m praying and I’m talking to God.”

It’s mountain racers like Christy Marvin who take racing to its most extreme. During those moments when times are toughest, she turns to “power verses” from the Bible, which she cites at will, to pull her through. Her story is part of our newest podcast, Creating Our Own Lives. We’d be most appreciative if you’d subscribe on iTunes and give it a review.

We’re a team of producers that values reciprocity and engagement. We need your insights. Feel free to contact me or anyone on our team with advice, criticism, or feedback at mail@onbeing.org or via Facebook or Twitter.

May the wind always be at your back.

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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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