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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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Our Discussion About Dr. Fauci Telling People To Wear Goggles To Protect Against COVID-19

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Joe, Ruby and I recently sat down for our weekly show, “The Takeaway” to discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent recommendation that all people should be wearing goggles as well as a mask in order to protect themselves against COVID-19. As most of you reading this will know, mask mandates in public settings have caused quite a controversy, especially in Canada and in the United States. Well known and reputable doctors and scientists seem to be the catalyst, having brought a lot of attention to themselves by sharing their expert opinions and research. Today, however, we are living in a very different environment as information that contradicts what’s told to us by our federal health regulatory agencies is now deleted, blocked, and censored from social media platforms and Google searchers.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, based on what I have been seeing and from our own experience here at Collective Evolution, we are living in a time where a digital authoritarian Orwellian fact-checker is patrolling the internet and censoring information, deeming it as “false” when in many cases, the information doesn’t appear to be false at all. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of “fake news” out there, but should people not have the right to examine information and determine for themselves what is, and what isn’t instead of having someone else do it for them?

In the episode below we share our opinions and talk about where we see things going within the next few months. It’s a two part episode, in the second part we talk about an interesting document within the CIA’s electronic reading dealing with the affect human intention can have on physical material systems. If you’re interested in that, you can access it on CETV, here.  CETV is a platform we created to combat the censorship we are currently experiencing, as many  of you probably already know of by now.

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

  • Reflect On:

    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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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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Ben Lee’s Website: www.ben-lee.com
Josh Radnor’s Museletters: joshradnor.instapage.com
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Listen to Radnor & Lee on Itunes and Spotify

 

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