Monday, February 26, 2007

monday gifts

each monday since 2005, npr gives us a lovely gift in the form of the This I Believe media project. today's segment featured the musings of wayne coyne, a member of the rock group "the flaming lips" - the thing I enjoy so much about this 'project' its ability to build hope and reveal connections. the inspiration or 'grandparent' for the current program was a radio program edward r. murrow created in 1951. although 50 years have passed since the original program and the current one, I believe that our country faces some of the same issues and challenges - deep ideological chasms divide america's human inhabitants and misunderstanding, suspicion and paranoia are the normative ways of thinking for both our leaders and our citizenry. if we want to be a healthy country we need to find ways to bridge the chasms that divide us. we can only do this if we really LISTEN to one another and work on finding humane and compassionate solutions to the problems that we face. fortunately, npr provides us a forum where the voices of our beautiful fellow travellers can be heard. thanks to the warehousing of information provided on the internet, we aren't limited to mondays in order to 'open' these marvelous presents - all we have to do is go to and find the This I Believe archives.

an excerpt from this morning's audiogift:
I believe the real magic in the world is done by humans. I believe normal life is extraordinary...Try to be happy within the context of the life we are actually living. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for or a convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds, we can help ourselves. This I believe. - W. Coyne

1 comment:

CindyLibrarian said...


Many of these essays, from both the present and from the Murrow program, are available in book and audio CD form as well. In fact, I missed this morning's edition because I was listening to the CD version during my commute! I'll have to remember not to do that on Mondays. Anyway, it is nice to hear Albert Einstein's essay and Eleanor Roosevelt's and other luminaries of an earlier time. Even a 16 year old girl from Shaker Heights in the 50s and then a follow-up from her as a grown woman!