#333 The Self-Interested Case for Examining Your Biases | John Biewen

Ten Percent Happier
March 24, 2021
#333 The Self-Interested Case for Examining Your Biases | John Biewen
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Too often, I fear, the process of looking at your biases can be presented like eating your vegetables. In fact, one of the most fascinating and rewarding things I have attempted to do in recent years is to take a good, hard look at my own prejudices and conditioning, especially as a white man. I don’t want to pretend that this kind of exploration is easy or that I am especially evolved; I still screw up all the time. However, one thing that I think is often underplayed is that doing this work can be deeply enjoyable and also pay off profound dividends. 

One of my most important role models here has been John Biewen, host of a podcast called Scene on Radio. The show has had four seasons, but the seasons that have most impacted me are two and three. Season two was called “Seeing White,” in which he explores white people and whiteness. Season three is called “Men,” in which he looks at sexism. Hat tip to Sebene Selassie, a friend, meditation teacher, and frequent guest on this show, who turned me on to John Biewen’s work. It has had a profound impact on me. I was not surprised to learn that John is a meditator, a practice that has helped him as he’s done his work. One quick audio note as we get to the interview, you may hear background noise on his end occasionally, but it’s just some yard work, and shouldn’t be too distracting. 

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