This week’s Breakdown Conversation was  as truly remarkable talk with Thom Hartmann. Thom is a radio and television host, the author of many books, a successful entrepreneur, a spiritual practitioner and investigator, and a former clinician who developed a new and now widely accepted theory about the origin and nature of Attention Deficit Disorder.

Here is the conversation in its entirety, broken up into five parts: 

In Part One I asked Thom about keeping “the big picture” in mind when dealing with daily battles and conflicts, and about how Leonardo Di Caprio came to name Thom’s television program:

HARTMANN PART I

In Part II we disussed snark (and avoidance the overuse thereof); maintaining sanity – and avoiding heedless anger – when dealing with the frustrating problems of the day; the real meaning of th word “fascism,” and why it can’t be used; and tools for avoiding despair.

It ends with a (slightly) extended monologue from me on a favorite subject of mine: The inspirational qualities of a little-known woman-led strike of the 19th Century (but don’t worry; I give the mike back to Thom in the next segment!)

HARTMANN PART TWO

The third section is on Thom’s views of spirituality, which are fascinating and informative: 

HARTMANN PART THREE

The fourth segment leads from spiritual insight into the writing of Thom’s book, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, as well as more about pantheistic spirituality and dealing with the aggravations of daily life; 

HARTMAN LAST HOURS ETC

In the final segment, Thom shares his theories of ADD with us before we conclude:

HARTMANN ADD AND END

All of these segments contain remarkable observations from a fsscinating and complex mind, and they’re all well worth hearing.

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