School Sucks Podcast #370: The Trivium, Non-Violent Communication and Mind Control – A Response to Gnostic Media (Part 5 of 5)

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Is teamwork the bane of personal autonomy? When you are voluntarily interdependent, does that mean you are sacrificing your independency? According to some prominent talking heads of the alternative media community, working on a team is a threat to the very existence of human freedom (ok, that’s probably a gross misrepresentation, I’m being overly dramatic for effect). This episode, Darrell Becker joins us to discuss communication and teamwork. He has been under attack, recently, for promoting communications skills that esteem empathy and mutual victory in conflict resolution. Darrell and I have a discussion about the importance of teamwork in trying to accomplish great goals, and how peaceful communication skills can help in that process

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Description from Gnostic Media:
Bill Joslin at an early age developed a fascination with mind and awareness. Subsequently he spent 16 years studying Bonpo, Nyingma Buddhist and Taoist practices. He spent a year in Asia interviewing Buddhist monks in Laos, Cambodia, Nepal; Taoist practitioners in Indonesia, and Bonpo priests in Northwest Nepal, comparing practices as taught in the west with the original monasteries and traditions from which the teachings originated. Nine years ago, Bill was asked by a number of people to counsel them with mediation practices they were having difficulty with and not finding aid from their current teachers. From a sense of responsibility Bill then went through a process of questioning every aspect of meditative knowledge he had gained over those years, essentially applying critical thinking to spiritual practices. In short order the illusion of meditation, spiritual teachers, and philosophical frameworks dissolved and a concise, non-mystical view of mind, self and world emerged with simple clarity. Meditation and spiritual guru-ship is an ancient form of control, the residue of which we live with today.

Professional Protesters make their way into legitimate causes by providing organization and training to sincere people. Once installed into the cause they then high jack the activities – marginalize or radicalise the participants. NVC is a core subject in activist training.

Bumper Music:
“Can’t Find My Way Home” Blind Faith
“Dear Mr. Fantasy” Traffic
“Different Light” Steve Winwood

Look Closer:

GNOSTIC MEDIA PODCAST – Bill Joslin interview – “Nonviolent Communication, Pt. 1 “Is NVC Consistent with the Trivium Method?”” – #229 

Bill Joslin’s Slideshow –

Darrell’s Site: Voluntary Visions –

Darrell’s Communication Glossary –

Jan’s Other Site: Trivium Education –

T&H Trivium Resources –

The Podcast Series Being Criticized: The Trivium Applied to Communication (2013-2014), with Darrell Becker –