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Your path to hardcore humanism
Michael Friedman Ph.D.
“Three chords and the truth is really what it’s about.”
They’re diseases like any other, and they take hold of a person whether they want it to or not.
"Farmers don’t want money. They’re not asking for a handout. They want to know how they can fight the bank."
“The world isn’t just snowflakes and rainbows, man.”
“I’m famous for rape.”
“Religion was more of a fictional art explosion.”
"We’re turning into an industrial hate society."
Sometimes family or friends refuse to believe mental health is a thing.
“It’s totally natural to me to be vegan.”
“Because no one likes nightmares.”
“I don’t want to wake up – that’s it.”
“You can’t say anything’s bad until you’ve tried it.”
"Altruism is the foundation of my recovery and it’s the fabric of everything I do."
Empathy can be a double-edged sword.
If you can share the love and you can share the feeling, everyone’s welcome.
"Politically, I’m a revolutionary."
The music for me is my attempt at immortality.
"I don’t really have an answer for keeping it in check or keeping it under control."
And once you start exploring in the vegetable department or the fruit department, you really start to change the way you look at eating and cooking.
When you have art that’s sincere and challenging, then you’re going to change people’s way of thinking.
"We are passionate because we have seen the truth and we know what the truth is.”
"I just couldn’t in good conscience contribute to that," says Russ Rankin of the often harmful practices of the meat and dairy industries.
My dream is nothing like I thought it would be and everything I’ve made it to be.
It was never about being sexy. Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey pay homage to a punk icon.
Some people enjoy portraying this rock god, but it’s not my thing and it’s never been my thing.
Our whole life is a do over.
When you start relating to Kiss songs, you really need to look at yourself.
"We’re always working – whether it’s in the band or making money to invest in the band."
You can’t fix a problem that you don’t understand.
When do we get to be alive?
Michael Friedman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in how social relationships influence mental and physical health.