The Conversation: Friday, May 20th, 2016

May 20, 2016

The History of Political Correctness; "Finding the 9th" Art Exhibit; Mindfulness and Joy in Troubled Times; West African Dance in Hawaii

Kula Lavender Farm, Upcountry Maui
Credit Flickr - john Morgan

The Downside to Political Correctness? Father Walter Brownridge

We don’t like to admit it, but ours is a nation built on slavery, land theft, and genocide, and many of the heroes we learned about in History class did things, and held views, that are repugnant to us now. Our distaste and belated sense of shame have led to initiatives to change the faces on our currency, and rename monuments and institutions that celebrate heroes who embarrass us now. It’s all done in the name of political correctness, a term that originated with the repressive governments shaped by Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. Are we unwittingly following their lead in attempting to whitewash our history? The Very Reverend Walter Brownridge, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, is with us to think it over.

Intro Music: Float by Switchfoot

Outro Music: What You Know by The Two Door Cinema Club

Finding the 9th Exhibit: Joe Bright 

"Origins" (L) and "Garden" (R) by Joe Bright
Credit Joe Bright

Artistic expression comes in many forms, with the written word in calligraphy and the coloring of the brush on canvas in a painting. Joe Bright has mastered both and is showcasing an exhibit “Finding the 9th”, from now until July 3rd. His works demonstrate his study of art, and his varied background teaching Tai Chi, meditation, performing acupuncture and working as a freelance artist. He’s in the studio to talk about his latest source of inspiration.

Intro Music: Everlasting Love by U2

Outro Music: Breakdown Symphony Number 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Finding Joy in Troubled Times: Khentrul Lodro T’Haye Rinpoche

Khentrul Rinpoche
Credit Flickr - James Dupree

Khentrul Lodro T’Haye Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist, the abbot of a monastery there whose teachings go back for centuries. He’s in Hawaii for a series of teaching sessions, and we spoke with him earlier this week. His responses came in both English and his native language, and we have truncated those answers and added the voice of his interpreter. We asked Rinpoche about the challenge of coping in a world that often seems to be spinning out of control.

Intro Music: Flexing Flutes with Tibetan Bowls and Buddhist Bells by Yoga Tribe & Jesssica Reyes

Outro Music: Enlightenment - Nature's Lullaby by Radio Meditation Music

West African Dance/Percussion: Tai Hawkins

Credit Sewa Fare'

The sound of the drum harkens back to the beginning of time, and with that, the expression of movement through dance. Sewa Fare, Oahu’s only West African Drum and Dance Company, is hosting a gathering of musicians and dancers from all across Africa sharing their unique style with everyone from beginner to experienced dancers with Tai Hawkins, program director, on the line to tell us more.

Intro Music: African Dance by Soul II Soul

Outro Music: African Dance Drums by African Drums