On October 8th, the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced. Peaceniks and hippies should take note, because one of our own, Patch Adams, has been nominated. You’ve probably heard of the Robin Williams movie about Patch, but there’s a lot more to the story, and quite a lot of it is in the podcast “The Best Day of My Life: Patch Adams’ Journey to the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination.” (Available on Apple; a Pantheon Podcast produced by Rainbow Valentine).
Most podcasts are about the psychology of psychotics & murders. This is a podcast about the psychology of the opposite kind of human - an extreme idealist/humanitarian/joy-bringing/changemaker, infusing the most dangerous & dire places on earth with love, play, fun & joy.
Patch Adams attempted suicide three times in his teens and survived to become an extreme love clown revolutionary & Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. He wants to build a hospital with an entirely new paradigm of healing – in part, through laughter.
He’s intellectually a brother of the hippie saint Wavy Gravy.
His clownish quest for peace might just save us.