Everything we need to know we learned from PBS—Mr. Rogers testifies to Congress [Video]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 11, 2009
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This actually made me cry, a little—it’s like a real-life staging of one of those bullshiite tired Hollywood dramas that’s forever ripping off Miracle on 34th Street. “Looks like you just earned your $20 million dollars,” says the Congressman at the end. And wow—I actually feel like I learned, or remembered something about how to deal with anger…and boy, I’m 34. Makes me wish this gentle-man would be on the boob tube when I get around to having children.

With thanks to one of my oldest young friends, Jigme Daniels, for the heads up, comes this gem circa 1969, when Mr. Rogers testified before a Congress considering whether to fight Mr. Nixon’s proposed 50% cut of PBS’s budget. Bushi no Nasake!, Jigme says, whatever that means. Another friend, Dori, says of viewing this vid: It is so simple yet profound – I want to send it to Hamas and the Israelis, right now! Everything we need to know we learned in kindergarden….





About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Everything we need to know we learned from PBS—Mr. Rogers testifies to Congress [Video]”

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  4. Cyndi says:

    Thank you Waylon for sharing this powerful message from a man who's memory is always close to my heart, his neighborhood was one my children and I enjoyed and visited often.

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