My brother was always more into George Carlin then I was. I mean sure he's a part of my early childhood with the classic bill & ted movies as my first introduction to the man. But he was sanitized in those movies and nowhere near the man he is on stage.
I wanted to have something funny to listen to on my way back home for christmas this year so I picked up Napalm and Silly Putty and its sequel. I was in a sad mood and needed a bit of uplift. I picked the wrong comedian. I had heard Carlin was one of those classic standup comedians that you should really hear, like Pryor or Cosby. These are those comedians that came up in the 70's: cultural critics just as much as they were comedians. So what was my reaction to two napalm hits in one LOOOOOONG car ride? Disapointment. Ok, the man is smart, and he has alot to say, but he never quite gets passed his relentless pessimism. He's the worst kind of cultural critic in these books: he eviscerates the world but never gives positive alternatives for change. It became so overbearing that it was almost cartoonish. Perhaps he wants that reaction from his fans and is somehow winking in between words to tell you he's not THAT serious but I never quite found that to be true. After the first napalm & silly putty book, I barely laughed. I mean these are read by the author, a man I have been known to laugh at before. What's the problem? It was this question that lead me to listen to More Napalm & Silly Putty. Maybe he'd change it up with the next one. Well, no, the second volume is more punishment.
I feel the two books are indistinguishable in their message: both offer angry, vaguely comic diatribes on the state of post-modern america. Both come from the viewpoint of a very vehement and annoying athiest, and honestly, with the exception of one passage that deals with airports and a verticle drop into the ocean, it wasn't all that funny. Oh Well.
Recently I found myself asking questions as to what I really want. I recently broke off a long term relationship with someone very dear to me and this has forced me to reassess certain goals and figure out what it all meant for the future. It seems like this major life change has coincided with listening to alot of self development and spiritual audio books. The Power of Intention is something I reccomend for how direct the message is.
I want to make clear I have some caveats however. I don't think Dyer is that original. I think he takes from alot of great minds in compiling his philosophy and most of his ideas. Nevertheless his presentation did genuinely affect me; helping me sort through concepts I already had realized but hadn't clarified. What are the messages I most responded to? Well, letting yourself live life without getting bogged down by outter deterrents. The biggest revelation I'm taking form Power Of Intention is the need to live life inward-out, rather than Outward-In. I've known many people that strive for things based on what people think of them, what they have, and whether or not their job pays enough. The basis for action here is on outside stimuli and approval with no thought given to the inner drive that informs all healthy action. Dyer's message was just what I needed at a time when my ego took a big hit. I could have easily wasted further time feeling undue pain. Now my mindset is a million times lighter, and for that I'm thankful. You may be put off by how much Dyer quotes and his vocabulary with regard to certain concepts is sometimes unintentionally funny, but in the end there's enough truth here to overcome details like that. I especially reccomend it for people that are going through an especially stressful time. I assure you, this book willl show you how every experience (good and bad) is an opportunity to realize growth and happiness in your life.
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