Monday, March 22, 2010

Soul Pancake

I recently set up an account on Soul Pancake. It's a website founded by actor Rainn Wilson, and several of his buddies, that serves as a forum about philosophy, religion, and is a place to "chew on life's big questions."

A friend of mine off-blog posted several links to Soul Pancake articles on her Facebook, and that got me intrigued. Users from around the world post some of their own philosophical questions, and other users chime in with their answers. Here's an example of one of those big questions:

"What should be on your warning label?"

For me, that's easy: "Irish-Sicilian temper. Prone to sudden mood swings."

Another question: "What causes you to run late?"

I'm not one who normally runs late, but I found the responses to this question to be quite intriguing. I have friends who are notoriously tardy, and that annoys me to no end. Click here if you want to read the entire thread.

And then there's this post.

Mike Mitchell, the artist behind the "I'm With Coco" poster that has helped spawn a pop culture revolution, wrote this unique article following Conan's last speech on the Tonight Show. He wrote about the impact that Conan's speech left on him, particularly what he said in its last moment:

“All I ask is one thing and this is… I’m asking particularly of young people… Please do not be cynical… It doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen. It’s just true.”

That last moment left an impact on me, too, kittens, for I can be extremely cynical. Conan's speech was certainly an eye-opener for me. It got me to thinking: I'm 34 years old. I have a pretty good life. So why do I feel so damn jaded at times? Why do I always assume the worst in people, that people always have ulterior motives in store?

Needless to say, Mike Mitchell's article is what led me to become a regular visitor to Soul Pancake. And yesterday, I finally set up an account, so I could chime in.

If you haven't visited Soul Pancake yet, you really should. You'll feel uplifted, but also be questioning lots of things at the same time.


Anonymous said...

It sounds intriguing! I have to say my warning label is pretty similar (minus the Sicilian) :-)

Mammatalk said...

Off to check it out. Not sure what my warning label is.....but I am sure it somehow involves chocolate!

Grand Pooba said...

Hmmm warning label? I'll have to think pretty hard about that one. It will probably have something to do with cereal and crying.

septembermom said...

Oh, I like the idea of that site. I need to check it out. My husband always says that I'm searching for another philosophy class :)