Cringing Toward Compassion

John Wilson shows us how to let go of our preconceptions. By Mike Gillis Abag of bread sways in a subway car where it is tied to an overhead pole. A woman in Times Square casually leans down and puts a pigeon into a shopping bag. An anti-circumcision activist performs a hard rock anthem about foreskin restoration. As these bizarre moments pile up in HBO’s acclaimed series How To with John Wilson, a question may occur to the viewer: how exactly did we get here? The series’ premise seems simple enough. In every episode, New York-based documentarian John Wilson explores how to … Continue reading Cringing Toward Compassion


by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead, Guests Waking Times “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”—Hermann Goering, Nazi leader With all that is crashing down upon us, from government-manipulated crises to the blowback arising from a society that has repeatedly prized technological expedience and mass-marketed values over self-ownership and individual sovereignty, those coming of age … Continue reading THE AGE OF FEAR: A GRADUATION MESSAGE FOR TERRIFYING TIMES