Everyone has weighed in with opinions on the subject. The comments flow endlessly from book titles and magazine articles. Our predominating materialistic world view limits our discussion of it to fields of money or fame. But as our defining economic structure crumbles before our very eyes, we'd be well advised to try to redefine it.
Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Re-defining Success.
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We've approached the idea of success in a popular Thinking with Somebody Else's Head program way back in January of 2007, but I'd like to come at it again, this time from a little more metaphysical point of view.
We're very limited in talking about success today because of the economic bias we bring to any discussion on the subject. From the Forbes List to winners on the Apprentice, we give a lot of airtime to success defined by an extremely narrow range of parameters. And that makes us very shallow and it deteriorates our cultural and even intellectual experience.
Lily Tomlin expressed it well when she said, "Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world." Amen, Ms. Tomlin. What's the value of that?
But there is a hunger for more. There has to be. Tell me there is. It's why I'm putting all this energy and time into this Podcast.
Actually, we see evidence that people are seeking more in the acceptance of Norberto Keppe's TV show around the world - and Keppe's show is the polar opposite of the completely irrelevant discourse that defines today's TV talk show.
And there's more evidence, too, in the worldwide acceptance flowing to Britain's Got Talent winner, Susan Boyle, an ordinary, anything but the usual collagen-lipped, air-brushed, made-by-marketing, limited talent wonder we're normally spoon-fed by our mediocrity-addicted media.
We're hungry for authenticity. I often think of Keppe's Analytical Trilogy like the water of truth on our parched earth.
So let's look at success in that light today. Psychoanalyst Leo Lima joins me today.
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