The ‘Demand the Impossible’ Kickstarter:
[amazon_link id=”0765321726″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link]My long time on-line friend Douglas Lain is attempting to get philosophy Kickstarted. Doesn’t he know that’s impossible? Of course! That’s the point!
Douglas’ goal is to use the money he raises to go around as much of the world as possible having discussions with philosophers, interviewing them, and sharing those interviews on Diet Soap, his podcast.
Oh, and he wants to promote his new fiction book, Billy Moon, about Christopher Robin Milne (yes, that Christopher Robin) in France in the labor protests of the 1960s.
His video, below, explains what he is on about. Financial difficulties or not, I’m kicking in at least a couple of bucks because I want my own (nearly) free copy of Billy Moon. I invite you to do so as well.
What does this riff about demanding the impossible have to do with building happiness?
I have been saying for years that therapy deals with the impossible every day. What do I mean by that?
I mean that nearly every day I help people struggle with their conceptions of what they can and can’t do (and win that struggle!).
I also work a great deal in dialectics, which is the holding of two contradictory beliefs at the same time.
Try these for therapy dialectics (isn’t that a nifty three dollar word?):
You are okay just the way you are and you need to change.
Your depression affects your life very deeply and it isn’t important to building your happiness
Your past matters very much and we can start today absolutely fresh
Are you beginning to understand? The tension between the two sides of that philosophic teeter-totter allows you to explore your own personal truth in the moment, and to adjust it to where it needs to be to move you from where you are to where you want to be.
In the same way, demanding the impossible stretches the bounds of the possible in lots of other parts of life. When you state your intention to do something amazing, and then focus your attention on doing it, things start happening that move you toward that goal.
Suppose you want to be an astronaut. Perhaps, though, you have a physical condition that prevents you from being able to go to space. So, you spend your life working on some piece of that dream – creating a way to cure that physical condition, building a way for you to be safe in space despite that condition, or perhaps writing a science fiction story about someone who overcomes that condition and saves the galaxy.
Perhaps it really is impossible for you to go to space. Does it matter? Not if it steers you toward other things that can fulfill your primal urge for meaning and creation in life.
End therapy riff, begin philosophy riff:
So Douglas is (gasp!) a philosophy geek who wants to get a philosophic tour funded through crowd sourcing. He’s also a talented writer and podcaster (you really should listen to Diet Soap) It’s a great cause.
Philosophy is the root of critical thinking, and understanding and appreciating it is a great start toward building a happy life. After all, if you don’t have a good grounding in philosophy, you might be fooled into thinking that Ayn Rand was an original and brilliant thinker.
Demand the impossible. Demand happiness, prosperity, a world full of educated people who use critical thinking, and philosophy kickstarters that actually raise all of their money!
(Oh, and even after the kickstarter is over, you can support Douglas by buying Billy Moon)