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May 13, 2019

Open Thread: Game of Thrones

By Rob Kall

So, what do you think. Go ahead. Loosely associate away.

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I confess. I've been watching Game of Thrones since its inception.

Tonight, Daenerys, supposedly the good leader, went psycho, using her magical weapon, the dragon, to annihilate a city of over a million.

Yes, Cersei is evil. But hey, it turns out the other side was evil too. Think Democrats and Republicans-- they are both a threat to humanity. Sure, there are some good ones, but look at their leaders-- Schumer and Pelosi.

And where does Biden fit into my loosely metaphorical riff? Biden is played by the soldiers under John Snow's command who start wantonly killing innocent citizens. Biden talks about dealing with climate change from a "middle ground." I guess that's like killing innocent people one at a time with a sword instead of the way Daenerys does with the big gun dragon. She talks about the good she'll be doing for generations to come. Feh.

The thing about Game of Thrones is that it has not been a typical linear story, as Aristotle described in Ars Poetica, with a beginning middle and end. It is a new kind of story, as Douglas Rushkoff described, in his book, Present Shock, which is more about the world than the journey.

People have been watching it for eight years. They've developed a relationship to the world, to the characters. And now, its crashing to an end. And what follows it? Well, John Oliver giving us news about a totally insane world-- but it's news that is true. Who needs dragons when their are men who want to tell women they can't control their lives. Who needs kings and princes when we have billionaires and CEOs with power like Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook-- in some ways more powerful than most kings, president and potentates.

Then there is Tyrion, a wise, good man-- portrayed as a small person because that's the way the powers that be think of wise, good people. He is hopeful. He believes in the best in people. He tries to make peace. He is royally screwed and his trust betrayed in today's episode.

So, what do you think. Go ahead. Loosely associate away.



Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity scheduled for release May 22, 2019

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

more detailed bio: 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 



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