This was only my 2nd time attending an event organised by the Wierd collective, and this time around I was an active participant being invited to give a talk. I chose to talk on my learnings from Buddhism and what it’s key principles are. In my previous post on the ‘bush doof’, I had written about how great it would have been to have a community talk session and here this was, an event that I felt at the end had truly embodied the spirit of Wierd – “do you what you love to do and do it together if you can.”
After their first sensational effort at the bush doof, I should have expected another visual spectacle but I was blown away to smithereens marvelling at the visual splendour of the dance floor, the attention to detail in the art gallery and the setup of the talks room. There was no lacking of professional effort on all fronts, right from the sound, the lighting to the timely running of the events.
Then there were the talks. I was rooted to my couch right throughout as the ‘Ted Talk’ like quality of the talk had me captivated. The topics ranged from Permaculture to Astrology, to quantum consciousness and psychedelics to growing your own mushrooms (not the psychedelic type). What warmed my heart and enforced my faith in the future were the number of people in the audience, their ears pricked, their eyes wide and curious. Jarrah, one of the founders of the collective rendered a lengthy soliloquy about what Wierd was, a discourse that I felt originated from the inner depths of his consciousness and resonated with all in the room. The mob was then left clutching their heart, with eyes wide in knowing shock when Chloe rendered her talk on ‘Speciesism’. There were numerous statements I could quote from her talk but the one that stuck on was “The Dairy industry is a meat industry”. I look forward to more such engaging and powerful talks from this dear mate of mine.
The fact that this entire day was organised to bring together a community of like minded, awakened individuals with the intention of raising funds for the Diding Village Project made it a very special day in my life. I now believe that the way forward for me in this community is to actively contribute and share all that I’ve learned and experienced and devote my energies to keeping the flag of Wierd flying high.