Sunday, March 1, 2009

El Compromiso

Sounds good to me. Yo assumo el compromiso. http://www.itakethevow.com/

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12 comments:

ej said...

I'm on the fence. Is World Extreme Cage Fighting, in your opinion and that of the readers, incompatible with the 'vow'?

http://www.wec.tv/

KML5 said...

Entertainment (?) can be violent so that we don't have to take it ourselves to the street. Same idea with eating meat. You can "harvest" chickens and rabbits for the greater good of the food chain. Just don't torture the poor little helpless motherfuckers on their way to the Safeway. I'm confident that my opinion is shared by the majority of the RCVman staff. In fact I am sure of it.

ej said...

Deepak reminds me a bit of the Israeli mentalist Uri Geller. I just do not trust that he isn't all about advertising, speechmaking and book sale dollars with a little God-complex fraud mixed in.

KML5 said...

It could be just as true that he is simply trying to maximize the exposure of the message, using the technology at hand. Getting the word out has always had an associated cost. We can now reach millions without chopping trees and hiring typesetters. I think this message transcends any commercial connotation . Let's consider: Would Jesus tweet?

What are you doing right now?
Walking on water.
COOL. How can I follow? And how much will it cost?
I ask for no money. You don't have to buy my book (all time best seller), all I ask is that you remove violence from your thoughts, speech and actions.
Yo assumo el compromiso.
Go in peace (and learn to swim)

ej said...

OK, but I would still need to know what kind of car he drives, where he parks his private jet and whether his company would provide protection when the Russians and/or Chinese invade.

PS - I don't think Jesus would tweet or own a computer. I also don't believe that Jesus would appear on Oprah (or heaven forbid, blog for Ariana Huffington). Jesus liked to hang out with prostitutes, lepers and on occasion a tax collector or two. Sometimes Jesus would appear near the huddled masses to see what they were up to as well.

Flying Wheels said...

Human nature seems to get in the way of following through on this type of thing. Here, he talks about taking a vow of non violence. That's cool. I'd love to see that show up in declined instances of road rage and flaming, among other things. I am reminded, though, of the vows of abstinence taken by so many youth of late. You know how effective that has been in stemming the tide of teen pregnancies? Zilch.

ej said...

Gandhi never asked anyone to take a vow ("oh, and learn more, buy my book!"), he just sat near a road. And, the guy could talk; Gandhi was a lawyer afterall not a medical doctor.

People who have met A. Huffington, let alone write for her, are not to be trusted.

KML5 said...

Valid points, both. I (simply and perhaps myopically) believe that this message, at this time, is so important that the messenger makes little difference. As a society we are conditioned to see products pitched by celebrities. Deepak, in this case, isn't asking you to buy anything other than a radical way of thought, word and action. Gandhi did the same thing sitting on the street, so did Buddha sitting in under the bodhi tree and so did Jesus sitting at the last supper.

This video is the 21st century equivalent of that, so did Deepak while I was sitting at my computer.
The message is valid, true, and important, the messenger may be as you say, human, but that should not diminish the potential power in the moral.

le said...

I most likely will not be dancing with Deepak, but I agree with the importance of the moral/morale here and take little issue with the messenger or method in which it is delivered. Perhaps a potential pitfall is the ease in which a submit or a send button can be clicked, especially in a moment of exuberance (he’s a really good dancer) without full consideration of long term sustainability of the choice being made, thus impacting the integrity of the commitment. I choose to honor the spirit of such a vow by taking each day as it comes and by carrying it forth in the myriad of choices I face: focusing on each and every action/reaction with respect and peaceful intention. The point I take from this is that if we all made an effort with the small stuff, it would add up big time.

KML5 said...

EXACTLY. And the dancer becomes the dance.

ej said...

I agree with those principals too, but I don't want to be deceived by the messenger. If Deepak is giving his profits to arms dealers that would make me mad.

KML5 said...

Me too.