February 6, 2009
This week I went on a trip with AXiS, a group dedicated to moving students from apathy to action. We did a presentation about big ideas and chatted with college students about some deep questions. We talked about how ideas rule the world, and how these ideas have consequences — some good, some bad. It’s a really great presentation and gets students thinking.
My part of the presentation included talking about the amount of money we spend per year on sports (about 20 billion) versus how much is spent worldwide per year on pornography (about 45 billion). Insane.
I also got to talk about illusion versus reality. Oftentimes, I think it’s easy for us to misunderstand what’s “really real.” Take beauty, for example. Our culture has told us what beauty is — and oftentimes, what we hold up as our standard of beauty does not actually exist. It’s obvious that what we see on the billboards has been tweaked and changed until it meets our standard of beauty. A woman like the final product in this video doesn’t exist — she’s an illusion:
Anyway, it’s interesting. The AXiS presentation is super cool. If you have any connections to high schools or colleges, you should definitely contact them about coming to talk to students. It’ll get them thinking about life’s big questions and ideas.
Speaking of big ideas, one of our Korean friends on Lost may not be quite as dead as we had originally thought! Best. Show. Ever.
Also, it’s the weekend! I am going to attempt to see a movie, go for a long run, sleep late and read. Guess which three of the four are most likely to be accomplished.
Alright, I gots to go. I hope you have a great weekend!