68 minutes | Jun 24, 2021

#17: Mark Brown - Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

Episode #17:  Mark Brown -- everyone deserves a second chanceWhy do we fear what we don’t understand?Is freedom a goal or an obligation?What practical steps can we take to create a culture of civility and mutual respect?These and other substantive questions are answered when World Champion of Speaking Mark Brown, CSP, joins the Rabbi and the Shrink.https://markbrownspeaks.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-l-brown-speaker/1:00  How Mark became a World Champion of SpeakingDisney and “a second chance”Intolerance, indifference, and ignorance -- how we treat each otherDon’t be tied to what others think of youWhy do we fear what we don’t understand?8:00 The unknown makes us feel vulnerable so we try to assert controlThe responsibility of creators to project values and messagesOur responsibility as consumers of media to seek out positive messagesWhy don’t we get it?How do we get to a place where we want to understand?Have the courage to be yourselfBe fast, funny, and curious15:00  Who takes the first step to find common ground?The first step is often unseenAsking questions is more important than coming up with answers17:00 Why the most joyous season in the Jewish calendar became a time of morningThe destructive consequences of disrespectCulture goes from the top down and is magnifiedFreedom is not the goal but an opportunity, a privilege, and an obligation21:00 We are responsible for preserving the standards of our cultureTolerance means we can get alongOur differences don’t define usTake responsibility for what you do and don’t do, what you say and don’t sayThe home and society are intertwinedThe lessons of Rehoboam son of Solomon Surround yourself with wise counsel30:00 “The building of youth is destruction; the destruction of old age is building.”Why we stand up for a parent, a scholar, and the elderlyWe have to reinforce in ourselves fundamental valuesDon’t devalue the old because we are enamored with the new34:00 How can we do better as individuals and a society?Focus on and magnify the positive and you will automatically diminish the negativeSeek advocates in positions of authorityCreate an environment in school that replicates our vision of a better societyWe are all teachers of those who observe us48:00 Use your voice to speak boldly and respectfullyYou can say the same thing encouragingly or dismissivelyHow will our words be received?Timing can be everythingTry to see the world through the eyes of othersDon’t be a bully or a victim54:00 What is our action plan?1) Work on ourselves2) Learn through observation3) Develop our voiceThe words you choose can ignite or defuse violenceExercise restraint for yourself; come to the defense of others61:00  The word of the day:  phenomenologyMartin Heidigger -- Reality and consciousness are co-creatorsUnderstanding depends on the relationship between themMy responses to what happens to me determine who I become
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