Climate Protests & Body Immolation: Remembering Wynn Bruce – Ep. 291
In this episode Robert Thurman opens with a recitation from Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” to set the stage for an impassioned discussion of the global climate crisis, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the recent horrendous direct action protest by Wynn Bruce in front of the the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bob discusses the historical and philosophical context of the use of offering one’s body via fire to raise awareness, a positive reading of the symbolism of the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian national flag, the color use in Buddhist meditation practices and artistic iconography, and gets into the deep topic of nihilistic ideologies and their support of the way scientific materialist thought fuels the rapid industrial destruction of our planet’s life-sustaining environment. He also shares a humorous reevaluation of the MAGA acronym.
This podcast concludes with an extended discussion of the under-reported and mostly ignored-by-the-mainstream-media body-immolation by climate activist Wynn Bruce, providing simple tools and teachings to remain positive during the many challenges individuals, communities and entire countries are facing all around them.
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