Here’s the recording of the latest of the ‘Tea’ sessions which I am now renaming ‘Tea with a Druid’. After wrestling with whether to call today’s recording ‘Tea with Philip 16’ and last week’s session ‘Coffee with Damh 1’, I figured it was such fun having Damh do a Monday session I would invite more guests in the future and just make sure they only drink tea! And I bet you Damh will be back some time soon!
This week we’re looking at the pressures we feel to be ‘normal’. What is normal? To follow the path of fear, greed, and exploitation of the earth’s resources and people, or to celebrate our uniqueness and our commonalities too – to dare to be different, eccentric even?
I talk about the eccentric history of Druidry, the lessons of the Phoenix, and of New Orleans, where the elemental powers of Earth, Air and Water have combined with tragic consequences, and yet the spirit of the city is still triumphant – eccentric and beautiful – and not ‘normal’ at all! I mention the work of Otto Rank and his best interpreter Sheldon Solomon, which if you are into Psychology will likely interest you, and I reference the book and film Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton. Here’s the film: