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Is The TV Series Mad Men Rooted In Spirituality?

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Congratulations Donald Draper! It appears you’ve won the game of life. You’ve reached the pinnacle of success receiving much praise and adulation for your work. You’re financially wealthy with an expensive car parked in the driveway of your big suburban home. You have a beautiful wife and outstanding children who love you very much.
When the time comes for your eyes to wander, it doesn’t take much for the prettiest girls to undress before you. To sum things up, as one of your co-workers once put it, “You have everything, and so much of it.” So Don, surely, with all of this comes joy and happiness, and feelings of being whole and complete. Am I right?

Mad Men

This Sunday marks ”The End Of An Era”, as AMC has marketed it, when the critically acclaimed series Mad Men airs its last episode of the series.  In the 7 years of production and 10 years of story line, Mad Men has provided its audience with a program distinguished in its storytelling and brilliant writing, which is patient but authentic at its attempt in showing the different facets of human psychology through the relationships the characters have with each other and with themselves.
Compared to more modern shows, on the surface it may seem like not much is happening, but underneath there is plenty of drama as we bear witness to how life unfolds for each of these characters. Pointing out its contrasting style, creator Matt Weiner often uses the example of a guy who goes to a party, meets a girl and gets her phone number but ends up losing it, “In a TV show he’ll go back to the party, find it in some way. In Mad Men he will never see her again.” The main themes in Mad Men include death, alienation, identity, sexism, adultery, business, alcoholism, racism and counter-culturism.
Attention to historical detail is a celebrated characteristic of Mad Men, a show set in the 1960s, one of the most fascinating decades of the 20th century. But what sets the show apart is the way Mad Men incorporates spiritual elements in its story and dialogue that when more of the show is taken in by the viewer, the more conclusive it becomes that there is clearly a spiritual foundation to the whole story.

Ad Men

From 1960 to 1970, Mad Men follows the lives of the people connected to the advertising agency, Sterling Cooper. It’s creative director, Don Draper, is a sharp, brilliant but complicated character with a shady past he can’t escape from. Although he’s reached the top of the mountain, he’s left feeling discontent. Suicide crosses his mind early in the series and remains a theme throughout–the opening credits is Don daydreaming about jumping out of his office window.
Don’s struggle to find fulfillment and happiness by external means ties into the idea of his profession; advertising isn’t about selling products as much as its about selling happiness, which Don alludes to in the very first episode. The idea of material and physical wealth having limits in its happiness is a spiritual concept that Mad Men is exhibiting through the story line of Don.

Do You Believe In Energy?

A hint that Mad Men’s creator Matt Weiner is aware of spirituality is in the logo of his ‘Weiner Brothers’ production company, which is ‘The Sun’ tarot card. We see this card again when one of the characters is given a tarot card reading. Lots of scenes in the series have hints of spirituality in it. In one episode, Don comes across a book called “Meditations In An Emergency,” which ends up being the title of a different episode. When one of the characters takes LSD, a man in the scene repeats verses from the ‘Tibetan Book Of The Dead.” Two of the characters attend a “Hare Krishna” chant ceremony. Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great philosopher and spiritualist, is brought up along with one of his quotes. Jim Garrison–the famous lawyer from the 60s who pursued the JFK conspiracy–is mentioned on a television. But the most impactful scenes of spirituality are the strange occurrences and hints of foreshadowing through coincidences and synchronicites that it feels like there’s an invisible force at work. It’s in these scenes and others that indicate much more is going on than just advertising, adultery and drinking.  

 Some Of The Quotes From The Show

“Do you believe in energy?”
“Only awareness can make reality. And only what’s real can become a dream. And only from a dream can you wake to the light.”
“She’s the soul of the world . . . she says you are part of the world, air, water, every living thing is connected to you.”
“I know everything about you and I still love you.”
“I can’t believe that’s the way God is.”
“I’ve seen UFOs”
“You have to be a transparent eyeball.”
“You can’t put yourself in the right place at the right time. You have to be in the right place all the time.”
“There are people who get to decide what will happen in our world. You have been invited to join them. Pull back the curtain and take your seat.”
“There are people out there who buy things, people like you and me. And then something happened. Something terrible. And the way that they saw themselves is gone. And nobody understands that. But you do.”
“If I don’t go into that office everyday, who am I?”
“Dying doesn’t make you whole. You should see what you look like.”

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

Matt Weiner once described Mad Men as showing the difficulties in being a human being. It doesn’t matter who you are, everybody born on this planet is presented with challenges in life that can sometimes make it unbearable. What is the point? We all want happiness. We’re all wired to seek for happiness in things, experiences, conditions that will alleviate these difficulties and make life more pleasant and more enjoyable. Is that what life is about? Or does this wanting create suffering? As Don once said, “We’re flawed because we want so much more.” But is it possible to feel connected? Is peace obtainable? Fulfillment? Satisfaction? Lasting happiness? These are some of the deeper questions Mad Men explores in its creative and subtle ways.

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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Black Mirror: An Exciting Sci-Fi Netflix Thriller Or A Dire Warning For Where Humanity Is Heading?

Popular series Black Mirror is a Sci-Fi thriller that gives us a glimpse into how technology can and will impact our lives in ways that are good, bad and down right dark. Is too much technology something to be wary of? Let’s take a look at Season 4 Episode 1.

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There is no doubt about it, our society is welcoming more and more technology into our lives, at an alarming rate. It has already taken over many aspects of our lives from communication, to shopping, to banking, to virtually all aspects of our lives. In many ways it’s great, we are advancing at a rapid pace and our lives are becoming more efficient, but does this come at a cost? In the popular sci-fi thriller series, “Black Mirror,” cautions are heeded in regards to how much of our lives we are giving up to technology and what the implications might be.

What Can We Learn From Black Mirror?

Each episode has a different cast, characters and story line, but all serve as a potential warning as to what the implications of accepting too much technology into our lives may do, and it’s definitely something to be wary of. Because the technology in our lives tends to roll out slowly, we generally accept it as it is, but at what point will we take a step back and question our actions?

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