#FeinWisdom: American Citizenship and ISIS

American CitizenshipOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on why it is unconstitutional to rescind the citizenship of an American who decides to fight with ISIS.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

#FeinWisdom: Iran 

IranOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein to discuss his views on American-Iranian relations in the context of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress. Fein argues that the PM’s assertions are an exaggeration of both Iran’s intent and capabilities. Furthermore, Fein provides historical evidence as to why it is likely nuclear deterrence will work on Iran.

Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Defense Mechanisms of the Psyche

psychedelic-therapyOstrolenk answering a great question from @CoachKiki about the possible dangers of psychedelic psychotherapy. It’s important to note that this form of therapy is not for everyone. However, for those who do wish to pursue it, note the following recommendations: proceed with caution, namely being in the correct place in your treatment plan, feeling safe with your guide and location, as well as knowing how to integrate the lessons learned to your life post-session.

#FeinWisdom: Netanyahu’s Upcoming Speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker  John Boehner of Ohio, to make a statement on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In the context of Netanyahu’s upcoming address to the U.S. Congress, Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on why the U.S. should not seek the Prime Minister’s advice in charting policy towards Iran. Rather, the U.S. should seek bilateral relations of interest, lead by example instead of pursuing regime change, and recognize that Iran is likely to respond to the incentives that the U.S. provides.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

#FeinWisdom: Human Virtue, Vice and Power

VirtueMichael Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein, who discuss his theory of man – what motivates us to think and act the way we do – as well as the less commonly asked question: are these actions virtuous? Through a lifetime’s literature review on the topic, Bruce addresses how these basic motivations are influencing events in today’s world. He concludes with advice on how we can become a “Learn-Thrill,” better distribute power, and unify for virtue to improve ourselves and our country.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

Tech as External Brain; Knowledge Acquisition, Memory and Learning

knowledgeFollowing up on previous mental musings on technology as an extension of our nervous system, Ostrolenk answers follow-up questions by @CoachKiki on memory and knowledge acquisition as they relate to our use of smart devices.

Children, Yoga, Meditation and Drug Abuse

YogaOstrolenk discusses ideas on teaching children to manage their nervous systems and brain/mind via various mind/body practices in order to increase health, well-being and interpersonal connection. Having this ability as the foundation of one’s life would reduce the ‘need’ for drugs and change one’s relationship to drugs , perhaps making them part of a particular ritual and not needed to just function in one’s life.

How to NOT to be moved Emotionally from the Nastiness in the World


Michael Ostrolenk answering @RachelCW question on how not to be so reactive emotionally to the various insults to one’s dignity big and small.

Incivility, Technology, Subjectivity And The Human Nervous System


Michael Ostrolenk answering a question from @WriteCoachKiki on how social media and online life might be contributing to lack of civility in the modern work. A discussion follows on how technology as an extension of our nervous system/ brain/mind and how at its present immature state of development can lead users to objectivity other human beings.

Embracing Reality: an interview with Former Navy SEAL, David B Rutherford

In our and most recent installment of Michael’s show, Michael connects via the web with David B. Rutherford, a former Navy SEAL, motivational speaker, radio host, behavioral training specialist, and author.

David started Frologic eight years ago with a focus on children. As a society, we have undergone a process through which we no longer teach children to embrace their failures. Failure is a necessary part of life and as part of a learning process. As a result, children leave school ill-equipped to deal with reality outside of a controlled academic setting. This translates to a sense of entitlement and a collective social immaturity. This has a detrimental effect on their work ethic, ability to receive constructive criticism, ability to work in a team, and ability to recover after a failure.

Rutherford points to the counterculture movement of the 70s and how the counterculture movement created a shift in the manner in which we approached education that shied away from standardized output.

Rutherford maintains that almost every culture contains a warrior ethos, but encourages us to embrace though warrior poet ethos.  He calls for a balance that he represents with the triad of striving to make ourselves better physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Our inability to embrace failure renders us unable to push ourselves to our limits. Willpower must be pushed and tested. Some programs, like SEALFIT, test willpower through physical challenges.

Overall, we are not teaching kids to deal with reality as it is.  Rutherford offers to do a free event for children whenever he is hired by a firm to do a corporate event.  Fewer than 15% of the corporations take advantage of Rutherford’s offer.

Rutherford recalls a recent event where he was serving as emcee at an event in a major city for a national organization.  One of the organization’s board members reach out to his child’s school, and they began to set up the event.  However, at the last minute, the school’s superintendent quashed the event.

We bombard our children with films that portray a world in stark duality, with delineated boundaries between good and evil.  These films often portray incompetent adults and precocious children.  They skirt around major global issues, such as deforestation, species extinction, and other environmental concerns.  We allow for commercial entities to spend millions of dollars to create these encapsulated portrayals of major issues but neglect to incorporate these messages into education at large.

Turns out that a lot of factors we don’t often consider, ranging from nutrition and environment to activity, can have an impact not only on ourselves, but our children.

Rutherford wants students to begin the day with a physical fitness regimen, and advises the installment of a public service component to education.  He advocates for students  to engage in a year of service such as the Civilian Conservation Corps we engaged in during the 1930s.

Check out David at Froglogic to learn more.