Our Humanity Matters was created to further the understanding of the meaning of humanity and its spiritual and existential challenges in mass media culture.
Conversation with Stephen Eric Bronner on humanity, human rights and the role of media in today’s world.
Stephen Eric Bronner is a distinguished professor of Political Studies, Comparative Literature and German Studies at Rutger’s University. He is currently the director of Global Relations at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights at Rutgers, and is the Senior Editor of Logos, an interdisciplinary internet journal.
Conversation with Anke Scheinfeld on the evolution of humanity, the spiritual and how to educate a whole human being.
Anke Scheinfeld, MD., M.Ed is a Rudolf Steiner School educator in NYC. Prior to teaching she worked as a physician and researcher in Germany and the United States. Her main interest is in working to align the healing impulse of Waldorf education with preventative medicine.
Conversation with Abdi Assadi on media’s effect on our disconnect from our emotions, our environment, and each other.
Abdi Assadi, M.S., Lic. Ac., is an acupuncturist and spiritual counselor. Raised in Africa, Asia and New York city, he has studied a range of healing practices including shamanism, psychotherapy and acupuncture. His work centers on helping his clients use their disease and dysfunction as a doorway to spiritual serenity. He is the author of Shadows on the Path.
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We live in a highly consumerist oriented society where we are constantly bombarded with profit-driven advertisements, campaigns, sales pitches and subliminal messages striving to control how we think and feel about ourselves and others. They keep us in a constant state of need, desire and insecurity, manipulating us into buying their products and services. Advertisements and media campaigns invade our streets, our homes and our psyches every day, every hour and every minute.
I recently read a great book by David Abram called The Spell of the Sensuous. This is a wonderful text on the subject of the phenomenology and our interconnectedness with our environment. In a soulful and intelligent way, he was able to articulate how very related we are to every element and being on this Earth and how magical this world is. He is able to speak from a place of complete immersion in the magical perceptions that appear when we are able to employ all of our senses.
Below are excerpts from a discussion between OHM founder, Tanja A.W. and Veselin, a New York City photographer and artist, held January 7, 2013, on the topic of the use of technology and media in today’s society. Tanja and Veselin touched on issues of the growing disconnect with our natural environment, the proliferation of information, responsibility in media, and the dangers media poses to our collective interactions with each other. They emphasized the importance of unmediated experiences and explored how we can harness the power of media to spur positive change and progress humanity.
“The very word “love” has been misappropriated by our culture, overcomplicated, and turned into a sales tool meaning something very different from “beauty in the moment.” It is a biochemical reaction to a research scientist after a grant; something a cosmetic, perfume, or surgery can give you, if you are a fragrance manufacturer or a cosmetic surgeon; or a “proper response” that agony aunts and celebrities are paid to teach us about. Love, nowadays, stands for division, analysis, TV ratings, product brands, body modification – and the bottom line: how much money we have in our wallets – which is the very opposite of unconditional.”