On Being Podcast Covers the “Inner Life of Rebellion”

I wanted to share a quick note about a podcast episode I listened to this morning—On Being‘s The Inner Life of Rebellion. It’s a thought-provoking meditation on living a sustainable life while working to create a better world. I’m publishing this now so that others can listen, but also so that I’ll have a reminder to revisit this podcast later.

It features Parker Palmer, the founder for the Center for Courage and Renewal, and Courtney Martin, who wrote Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists.

Ideas I loved from the podcast:

  • Community grounds and sustains us. It helps us learn, grow, and be in a spirit of service with others.
  • Palmer spoke about the “modern violence of overwork,” based on a blog post he wrote which said: “When we fall into the frenzy of overwork, we do violence to ourselves and kill ‘the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.’ The results can range from unmanageable anger to sullen resentment to burnout, all of which lead to misguided action—and ultimately take us out of the action.”
  • We shouldn’t necessarily always solve for efficiency—a particularly challenging idea for me, as I am a huge fan of efficiency!
  • Framing advocacy as transactional can be dangerous (i.e. “I’ll protest the war and then the war will end”).  It leaves us stranded when we don’t have short-term victories, or when we don’t have “victory” at all during the course of our lifetimes.
  • We don’t have a lot of models for learning in public, but it would be great if we did.  It’s useful to be able to receive feedback, recognize our own failings, and be able to grow, change, and improve without shame in the process. Martin says she doesn’t want her ego to be “bruised into silence” —an idea I loved.

Listen now. Then feel free to let me know what you thought.

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