Some Primary Lessons from Some Amazing Teachers

via chycho

Our personal perspective is a reflection of our influences, i.e., in large part we are a byproduct of our environment and lessons learned from influential teachers, which is why my About Page contains a list of some of the prominent teachers that I have had the good fortune to stumble upon.

Considering the vast body of work that is represented in this list, I thought it would be a good exercise to try and share at least one primary lesson from each teacher. Below you will find teachings shared by fifteen of those on the list. More will follow, but for now, here is what I have learned from:

1. Terence McKenna: The word “mine” has been the primary destructive force in society as it relates to raising children and building communities.

2. Bill Hicks: “You know what’s wild? You never see a positive drug story on the news, do you? You ever seen one? Isn’t that weird; don’t you think that’s strange? I mean, the news is supposed to be objective. Isn’t it supposed to be The News? But every drug story is Negative?!? Well, hold it! I’ve had some killer times on drugs! I’m not promoting it, but I’m not denying it. Let’s hear the whole fucking story!” Bill Hicks, “Sane man”, 1989, 25:06.

Bill Hicks ★ Sane Man ★ 1989

3. Alan Watts: Relax. Enjoy it, and don’t let the little things bother you. Note: this is also one of the primary teachings of Bill Hicks: “It’s Just a Ride”.

4. Amy Goodman: Learn to collaborate with like-minded people.

5. Bradley Manning: Tell the truth.

6. Robert Anton Wilson: The universe is indifferent, it’s not out to get you, and if it is, there isn’t a hell of a lot you can do about it anyway, so take it easy.

Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything Part 1 – Life And Times Of RAW

7. Wilhelm Reich: Most of society’s ills are due to sexual repression.

8. Nikola Tesla: If we are able to change the way we conduct business and record and recognize wealth, in essence, redefine our definition of profit, then we may be able to live sustainably. Until then we will be ruled by banks.

9. Noam Chomsky: Know your fucking history!

Vietnam War: What really happened

10. Nina Simone: Don’t mince words, mean what you say and say what you mean. As well, create a vast library that spans your life which people can reflect upon for generations to come.

11. Chris Hedges: Do the right thing.

12. Benny Hill: Appreciate the hilarity of absurdity.

Benny Hill- Funny old world

13. Dave Allen: Develop a fondness for the absurdity of comedy.

Dave Allen on Death (funeral sketch)

14. Jiddu Krishnamurti: What’s missing from education is true love. Excerpt from “Education and The Significance of Life” (pdf) follows:

“Only love can bring about the understanding of another. Where there is love there is instantaneous communion with the other, on the same level and at the same time. It is because we ourselves are so dry, empty and without love that we have allowed governments and systems to take over the education of our children and the direction of our lives; but governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.”

15. Howard Zinn: All wars are class wars, so there is never a need for war, only insurrection. Please note, the audio glitch in the following video improves within a few minutes.

Howard Zinn: Myths of the Good Wars (Three ‘Holy’ Wars)

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  • $24170503

    Beautiful. Thanks.

    • salviad

      My pleasure :)

  • lifobryan

    Thank you so much – this is terrific!!

  • drokhole

    Absolutely awesome list! Robert Anton Wilson’s “Prometheus Rising” completely cracked open my reality tunnel and changed my life (which I never thought possible from a book before). His work led me to Alan Watts, and I haven’t looked back since.

    All lists must stop somewhere, of course, but, for me, a few more that I would tack on would be – Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Philip K Dick, and Aldous Huxley (subsequently, there are a couple great tributes to Jung and Huxley from Alan Watts up on YouTube). To bring it to an even 20, one thinker that I discovered and have been digging as of late is Manly P Hall. He’s also got a ton of great lectures online.

  • DeepCough

    Why is Bill Hicks at #2?! THIS IS BLASPHEMY, I SAY!

    • salviad

      Ha! Should have added “in no particular order.”

    • charlotte

      Meh…if the “cunt incident” had been racial, rather than sexist, hardly anyone would think about him the same way. Ahead of his time on other issues? Perhaps…

      But I don’t buy someone who talks about how they found “enlightenment” and “one-ness” from ‘shrooms and at another date talks about how a woman should be throat-fucked to death for telling him he sucks…if he’d had some sort of punch line, maybe…or if she’d been in on it, sure…it’s not the words, it’s not the content, it’s the fact that *at that moment*, he sure seemed like he meant it.

      (And if you think I’m being sensitive, maybe you should do yourself a favor and re-read that transcript. It’s pretty over-the-top and the [self-noted] lack of a punch line makes it just that much more creepy).

      He was one conflicted, unusual bastard, that’s for sure…

      • DeepCough

        Who are you talking about now?

        • Guest

          Bill Hicks.

        • charlotte

          I agree with his other non-punch line “joke”: marketers should kill themselves. They are the minions of Satan. And I almost went into Graphic Design.

    • Rus Archer

      because he’s boring

  • Ted Heistman

    What Bradley Manning taught me: Lie!

  • kowalityjesus

    that Chomsky video is petrifying

  • jnana

    RAW was wrong. The universe is out to get you and there is something you can do about it. The Reality of the Rulers is a little text that’ll tell you whats up.

    • lifobryan

      Are you referring to the “Hypostasis of the Archons” (Nag Hammadi texts, 3rd century CE) or “Return of the Archons” (Star Trek, season 1, 1967)?