The Weatherman Experiment Begins!

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Intro Transcript:

Welcome to this, the first edition of the Weatherman. I am Dylan Ratigan.

Thank you so much for joining us this afternoon. I’m actually in Italy, so it’s the evening here. Our producer Meg Robertson is in New York and David our other producer is in Los Angeles. Our callers are all coming from North America today. If you’re listening to this right now, you probably read the launch email describing our objective with this call, which is relatively simple. It’s our own unique take, if you will, on the idea of a podcast.

When David, Meg and myself were discussing the idea of doing this, what became clear to us was that we all have a lot of respect and appreciation for what’s happening in the podcast universe, especially those that are doing a wide variety of one-on-one interviews with various experts on specific subjects about specific things, but we were really looking at what’s missing from the podcast universe.

In our opinion, we felt that there isn’t a place where all of us can speak as a group. Even if it’s a series of one-on-one conversations about our collective experience, in a way to create context for each of us about what we’re calling The Shift. This shift is something that each of us is feeling in our own way. Some of us are very sensitive to the technological aspects. Some of us are very sensitive to the spiritual aspect of it.

This very podcast is a demonstration of the communication aspect of it. In fact, we’re across nine time zones right now, but gathered together at this particular moment to have this conversation, and you know, when you look at the chaos of the news cycle, this is not going to be a podcast about the news cycle, obviously, but when you look at the chaos of the news cycle, I look at it as a series of events that are constantly without context, that are constantly without awareness, and they are basically like an open nerve ending that is in a constant state of reactivity. Even if it doesn’t know what it is reacting to.

The goal with the Weatherman is to try to create some of that context to help understand why our politics are so extreme and so reactive. It is responding to the threat that the shift represents. The threat of all of us connecting with one another. The threat of creating a system of power and solution and problem-solving that’s not based on centralized command and control, enemy versus tribal enemy, in blame culture, but rather one of mutual awareness and mutual understanding that can be driven into not a world of fear and reactivity, but to an increasingly clear and calm place where we start to understand at the very least how and why our emotions and our thoughts treat us the way that they do, or why we experience them the way that we do.

At the same time, how we project those emotions and thoughts out into the world around us. Whether it’s those with whom we immediately share our lives, whether it’s are our siblings or parents or spouses or children, or whether it’s how we project ourselves into the world professionally, and whether we do that in a way that is perhaps more fearful than it needs to be, perhaps more aggressive than it needs to be, or perhaps more vulnerable and with more of a sense of powerlessness then it needs to be.

One of the interesting things that I’ve been able to see from fairly unique lifestyle that I’ve had and will continue to have in the months ahead is a consistent change of location in my life from country to country and continent to continent and so many of the stories that are prevalent in America or the perceptions and myths that are perceived that are prevalent in America that are driven by a sense of whatever the issue may be, whatever the concern may be, there’s such a rapid desire to find fault.

That it is the fault of the political system, it is the fault of the economic system, it is the fault of some other group, and it’s not even that those fault finding missions are misguided or inaccurate. Frequently very intelligent people can identify that there is causality with the political system and the economic system. I certainly can find fault with the political and economic system, but I’m not sure that the value for us lies in finding fault, but rather the value for us, at this particular moment, relies on our ability to pause and understand the experience that we are having individually and collectively, in a way that before we start to jump into action, before we start to jump into some aggressive posture that’s for or against something, some form of activism or some form of protest, that we take a moment to actually see and understand what it is that is happening.

When I refer back to what it is that is happening, what I’m talking about is this shift. So yes, political extremism is clearly on the rise, yes, the economic system is clearly centralized and it is increasingly difficult for anyone to navigate it in a way that has any value for the individual. But why is that happening?

And I argue that the reason that it is happening is because of this shift, and the shift across the spectrum of every expression of self, again, technologically, communication, transportation, economic, political, spiritual, social. It is something that is incredibly empowering for each of us, but at the same time, it is incredibly terrifying for each of us, in its own way, even if it’s not always conscious, and it’s particularly terrifying and particularly empowering at times, for those who have the most power, and for those who have the most power that are the most threatened, they react in a way that is extremely and increasingly aggressive to defend that power position.

As they defend that power position, they do it in a way that it’s at the cost of so many of us, but the point that I want to express before we get into the calls is; however unique I or you or anyone may feel that their particular experience is in this, and it’s not that my experience or your experience isn’t completely unique, it is, it is to understand each one of us is actually having our own unique experience in the context of a universal change that’s not just something that is shared between each of us as individuals inside of America per se but it’s being experienced across individuals around the world.

It’s not just in America where people perceive the economic system or the political system to be unrepresentative or corrupt or dysfunctional. It is in every country around the world. There are people in Asia, people in Europe, people in South America, people across this globe that are more connected to each other than they have ever been, or share the common experience of complete and utter distrust of the political and economic system.

Whether it is in Thailand, whether it’s in Russia, whether it’s in Mexico, whether it’s in Brazil, South America. I won’t list a bunch of countries for you, you get the point, and that awareness, I hope over time as we do this program, we’re going to do it on a regular basis with as many callers as we can possibly talk to and we can pick any litany of subjects because basically our editorial lens is through that of The Shift and then the chaos that’s created by the shift.

Well, the good thing for all of us, and maybe the bad thing, there’s no shortage of chaos, in the expression of chaos, in range from the most literal of something like the coronavirus, which in and of itself may not even be that threatening, but the panic around the potential threat is perhaps vastly more chaotic than the actual virus itself.

It is that awareness of the fact that we can start to integrate this understanding and allow us to take a breath and a beat before we allow the emotions to take us over and drag us down a river of chaos in a way that makes it virtually impossible to understand ourselves or to understand anybody else for that matter.

The other thing that is so convenient right now is blame and then it goes to that fault-finding, but as soon as we go into that blaming construct we’ve disempowered ourselves, which is not to say that we individually have so much power to solve every problem, but it is to say that as long as we’re looking for who is to blame for whatever the issue may be, we’re no longer in a position where we are able to have awareness for why this is happening and where we might be able to redirect our attention to places where we can empower ourselves more thoroughly and more completely, as opposed to disempowering ourselves by virtue of looking at the things that we feel we have the least control over.

I will do my best to serve as a moderator and as a literal Weatherman giving you a sense of what I’m hearing as I move around the world, but also have the benefit of talking to so many of you. Ultimately, in the spirit of the relay radio of the past, my ability to serve as the Weatherman will only be as good as your willingness to report in what you’re feeling and what you’re experiencing and what you’re thinking, so that everyone else that is gathered around this broadcast can not only hear my perspective or my thoughts but can get a sense of your thoughts and your perspective because it is the collective, an assemblage of all of this information that will ultimately, potentially create a way to move through the chaos that is being created by this shift and start to move us incrementally, moment by moment, breath by breath, day-by-day into increasingly longer periods of clarity.

The thing with chaos is, there is such a strong impulse to avoid it, emotionally, physically, spiritually. It is only through enduring the chaos that the clarity can emerge.

I think of the chaos as a furnace, as a heater, and that chaos as it heats, in what may have previously been a more stagnant or a paralyzed situation, however uncomfortable it may be, it’s only through navigating that chaos that then the clarity can start to emerge, and it’s only possible to navigate any of that chaos, or even accept it in our lives, if we have enough perspective to understand that as unpleasant as it may be at times, that it is a necessary step in the process to moving into that clarity and that, ultimately, is the goal of what this podcast aims to be and hopefully will be, starting right now.

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Thank you for tuning in, hope to hear from you,
~ Dylan Ratigan