If you find yourself caught in a thought-loop, where you’re thinking painful thoughts and thinking that you can’t change that, then sometimes it helps to distract yourself with something fascinating. Let’s start with the very interesting and wonderfully insightful artwork of Jason deCaires Taylor. I’ve always admired clever art.
In the piece above, Mr deCaires Taylor depicts the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse where, the horses heads are now oil pumps drinking from the Thames in London. Envisioned as a comment on the use of fossil fuels and their impact on the climate, the sculptures sit across from the British Parliament and show wealthy businessmen and their children atop the horses. The nature of tides in the Thames leads the sculptures to slowly disappear and then reemerge based on those rising tides. It’s very clever work and you can see more of it and other brilliant pieces here:
Next we’ll switch from photos to sound. In this excellent podcast (which can be streamed online), the gang at Freakonomics Radio discuss in great detail some fascinating aspects of modern advertising. Moreover they discuss it with Dan Gilbert, one of the world’s leading experts in a new kind of very genuine advertising:
And we’ll end on this remarkable interview. Every step of the story is riveting in its own way, but nothing like when it all comes together in the end. Life is an incredible thing:
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Scott McPherson is a writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations around the world.
A serious childhood brain injury lead Scott to spend his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and identity. It made others as strange to him as he was to them. When he realized people were confused by their own over-thinking, Scott began teaching others to understand reality. He is currently CBC Radio Active’s Wellness Columnist, as well as a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.