Here is the recording from the Purpose Revolution call, "How To Read the New York Times Like an Adult"
My notes from this call:
Introduction - Brandon Peele, PlanetPurpose.org - goal to awaken every single human with their life’s purpose, and create a purposeful political economy and generative relationship to Mother Earth. 1. Declare - declaration of purpose - civil right, apex human experience, we need a political economy the makes it possible for humans, 2. educate, scienceofpurpose.org, purpose rev book, purpose rev call series, 3. transform - 21-day purpose challenge, free program - english, spanish, dutch, greek
This short talk is about the many ways to read, as well as a definition of adulthood, based on my exploration in my 2009 book “Adulthood 2.0” and my work as a purpose guide and men’s work facilitator. From this place we’ll explore how to read like an adult.
You might be asking why even explore such a topic? Two words: Donald Trump. I was sure that it wasn’t a given, something that just happened over time. So I wrote a book to explore what it meant, biologically, psychologically, socially, culturally, legally, and offered a new definition of it - adulthood occurs when reason moves from the outside of me realm to the inside of me realm, essentially, the self-examined life. I was really proud of it. But then in 2010 I read Bill Plotkin’s “Nature and the Human Soul” and got hooked on this idea of soul initiation. I promptly pulled my book down off of Amazon.
When we read newspapers (or in today’s digital world follow news sources on Facebook), how we read a newspaper, reveals a great deal about our values and level of psycho spiritual development
- if we start with sports, it generally means a desire to express and feel masculinity, and deep spiritual longing, to connect, to be a part of something larger, even if it is an exploitative ritualized, consumerist, ecocidal, violent something.
- if we start the the front page, it generally means a concern for the whole, as well as a concern for public opinion - where is the national discussion and attention
- if we start with the fashion section, it generally means a desire to self-express, within the framework of a socially-contingent sense of esteem, and the necrotic, ecocidal, sexist, and racist structure of market values
- If we start with business, it generally means a desire to achieve, self-express and provide, within the necrotic, ecocidal, sexist, and racist structure of market values
- If we start with the funnies, it generally means heightened perceptual capacities, and a desire for joy and/or escape from the cruelties of market society.
Let’s define adult:
1. soul-initiated (Purpose-driven), pulled apart psyche, sorted the non-essential, social / parental programing from the personal organic truth. [caveat: Regardless of whether, you’ve had a soul-initiation, you can still read like an adult. At the end of this talk we’ll speak briefly about soul-initiation processes if stepping into a life of greater, purpose, integrity, vitality, love and abundance is of interest.]
2. shadow-aware - moving shadow into light, actively working with resistance - programming that has them choose and act out of alignment with soul, purpose
3. emotionally fluent - i statements, able to distinguish between data, feelings, judgments and next steps
4. archetypally balanced (lover, warrior, magician, sovereign), masculine-feminine, magician-lover and the twin aspects of the feminine archetype, and soveriegn warrior are the twin aspects of the masculine.
How does an adult read?
- an adult reads from the perspective of the whole, to expand his or her soveriegnty, understanding the realm, understanding of reality, as well as from the perspective of the developmental task in which they’re engaged.
- So they know these two things about themselves before they read anything. what will this tell me about the whole, and/or tell me about what i have to do next.
- More importantly, an adult has a deep relationship with what he or she will not read - bad writing, partisan or unbalanced analysis. An adult prizes the sweetness of their own consciousness, and is an active steward of it, so the adult carefully selects what gets in, and how it gets in. No TV news - 12-18 frames/sec of the 30 that come in. No tv, period, no ads, save long form shows of cultural or artistic merit.
- Remove all media that doesn’t add to the understanding of the whole or illuminate a purposeful task
There are also many different ways to read any non-fiction text - there are:
1. basic reading, fundamental understanding of what is being said, sentence structure, require vocabulary and language,
2. there is analytical, which is looking at the author’s arguments and seeing what is said to support them, how strong that support is and how convinced you are of that support.
3. There inspectional - inspectional looks at the artifact itself, and surmises whether something is worth a deeper dive, - title, author, bio, table of contents, intro, a couple quick dives to see if you like the style and tone
4. There is synoptic - moving into inspectional with a particular intention, e.g. desire for common language, answer a question (what is the nature of reality?)
The adult begins reading:
1. synoptically - clear on intention,
2. inspectionally - will this work move me forward in my intention
Today we’re going to dive into how to read the NYT like an adult.
But first, why the New York Times? We could pick any article, newspaper, magazine, or book, but the New York Times has solid (no perfect reputation) a very large readership, who likely are open to idea of adulthood being something worthwhile, and have the intellectual capacity to explore it. There are of course better tools for that, e.g. books and quarterlies that explore reality and our path in it, but the NYT is something most people already know, and have an experience reading.
First an adult gets clear on intentions, not reading habitually or reactively - what is this telling me about the whole, what is this telling me about my task - whether its the only two valid pre-adult pre-soul-initiation tasks (livelihood/survival or soul initiation), or the many the adult - livelihood task, the adult - healing and growth tasks, the adult self-expression tasks, etc.
Get clear on your developmental task. livelihood, soul-initiation, purpose, healing, growth, mastery, efficacy
1. Throw out monday through saturday
2. Separate the Sunday NYT into sections that speak to the whole and those that are task specific. Sections that speak to the whole are only really found in the Sunday NYT - front page, nation, business, books, magazine. begin here in order to build your map of the rest of the paper, where the deeper dives needed.
3. Spend 20 minutes to inspectionally read each of those sections, looking at the article title, head line length, projected outcome of reading that article
4. Choose the first 5 articles you’re going to read analytically, based on their ability to reveal wholeness of reality, OR move you forward in your task
5. Reflect - how well did this article advance my task or understanding of the whole
6. Move into task specific reading -
- Adult definition
- adult reading
- NYT - separate, inspect, consume, analyze/reflect
- Becoming an adult through soul-initiation - purpose discovery processes, men’s and women’s initiations, vision quests, psychology
- EVR1 6-part, purpose discovery model
5. ego integration
6. life integration
- 21-Day Purpose Challenge