Death, Funerals, Family Relations, and World Peace: Bare Brains Episode Twelve

My father died about a month ago, and I didn’t go to the funeral. I’m not depressed and I’m not grieving. My family is upset with me, and everyone in the area that knows my family thinks I’m a bad son. So I explain here why I didn’t go, which leads to some commentary on a book I read when I was 17 that changed my life, which leads to discussion of a source of many of the problems of humanity: identification with family, community, race, religion, and country. Sorry, kids–no sexual titillation this time–but, hey, we’re all going to die sooner or later–might as well get used to the idea.

You should not click on the link unless you are at least 18 years old.


Episode Twelve.mp3

5 Responses to “Death, Funerals, Family Relations, and World Peace: Bare Brains Episode Twelve”

  1. Michael Says:

    This is really fascinating stuff. Really good. It’s great to listen to someone explain this as an area. I’m really interested in it so thanks!

  2. Norm Bearrentine Says:

    Thanks Micheal, although I’m very belated in my reply. I’ve subscribed to your blog–it’s fantastic! You have amazing energy.

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