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This episode of Living Myth takes up the issues of tragedy in America, specifically the latest mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  In considering the long history of men and guns, Michael Meade states an old Irish proverb: “You don’t give a man a weapon unless you’ve taught him how to dance.” After lamenting the lack of leadership when it comes to guns and violence, he introduces and an old idea from Africa. The term “litima” describes the volatile spirit found in youth that can either be the source of creativity and ideals or else become a trigger for violence and destruction. The difference is often decided by the amount of acceptance, care and guidance a culture brings or fails to bring to its youth. 

The point in youth, and at any turning point in life, is not to avoid trouble at all costs. The point is to find the right trouble to be in; for when in trouble we are closer to inner resources we did not know we had and nearer to the knowing spirit that brought us to life in the first place.
 

Listener Comments

"This podcast has become one of my most valued influences in my life.  Michael Meade speaks with such heart and passes on such wisdom.  I highly recommend "Living Myth" for anyone who has a soul yearning to keep a finger on the pulse of humanity."

“I cannot recommend this podcast more highly. It is true art/poetry/story medicine and an antidote for the divisive messages surrounding us.”

"Meade knows his stuff.  He knows the expansive world of myths, imagination, fairy tales and poetry.  By drawing on his knowledge he gives an inspiring and fresh perspective on what's happening politically, environmentally and spiritually."

"The wisdom and deep perspective that flows through Michael Meade is medicine for me in these times of radical change and uncertainty."  

"Meade is a true gift in my life and healing force in our crazy world.  I listen faithfully for the wisdom and insights he shares and find his weaving of ancient mythology and modern psyche a reassuring voice for true soulfulness to rise in our hearts and souls."                    

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