A PEP TALK FOR HUMANITY
Peace Entertainment Program for Schools & Universities
A Pep Talk for Humanity provides a life-expanding experience for faculty and students by engaging the higher mind, cultivating a kinder heart and fostering social activism for global peace. This inspiring program features:
- Presentation of John’s film for peace, Admissions, winner of 26 international awards. During the post-screening Q & A, John will engage the audience on how the perspectives put forth by the film lead to both inner peace and global peace.
- Presentation of The Principle, a 20-minute, one-act play that tackles cyberbullying. In the play, a wise master is called upon to moderate between two teenagers – a cold-hearted cyber-bully and his tragic victim. In this unforgettable confrontation, the master delivers compassionate teachings that alter the bully and the victim’s destinies and leave a lasting impact on the audience. The healing perspectives the play puts forth offer strong medicine for the harmful, us-versus-them thinking from which so much human conflict springs.
- Full Production or Staged Reading of John’s three-act play for peace, The Resolution. One of the best ways to learn compassion and develop understanding is to walk in another person’s shoes. This dramatic reading will offer this opportunity to eight lucky students who will then take the audience with them on a dramatic journey of truth. The first act is a modern parable about cyber-bullying on campus. The second act is a modern parable about forgiveness and global peace. The third act gives the audience a starring role in a Q & A with John. Merging profound philosophy, high drama and social activism, The Resolution is more than great theater. It is great for life.
- Reading and discussion of John’s book for peace, Mind What Matters. A Pep Talk for Humanity. John will utilize excerpts from his book as guideposts on a penetrating excursion into the way we think and the worlds our thinking creates.
Nirmala S. Salgado – Professor of Religion, Augustana College
“A public screening of Admissions is a must at every educational institution that wishes to address the sensitive issues of cultural and religious differences. John Viscount’s film provides a rare opportunity to engage such differences, while building bridges in a manner that is both realistic and humane. Admissions is essential viewing for us all.”
Katie DeHetre – Canadian Educator
“I was very affected by the performance of your play, The Resolution, this afternoon. I am not always articulate in the moment, and so I was unable to express my sincere thanks to you at the time, but I wanted to take a few minutes to do so now. Your play moved me very much and while I felt the individual acts to be very powerful, I was most touched by the reaction of the audience and the energy in the room following the performance. I wanted to thank you for the gift that this play is. For the connections that it helps to create, for the ideas that it nurtures and for the empowerment it fosters. Most of all, I want to thank you for showing me that there is a choice, and that the choice is mine.
I identified with the storylines you created on so many levels. As an educator, I see the hate that can be carelessly and devastatingly thrown out through social media. As a mother I feel it in the way I protect my children and the emptiness I would feel if I ever lost them. It just seems so much easier to hate in the face of true loss and sorrow. Thank you for teaching me that there is another way, and that it is a lesson I need to live.
What scares me about thinking with this new and simple perspective is that I am the only one who will hold myself accountable. Perhaps that is why it is so important, because often the paths we walk alone are the ones where we find our dearest friends and make the most meaningful connections. Sometimes we don’t realize they are there until we have spent time reflecting on it.
Thank you for showing me that I have a choice. Often in this scary world, I feel lost, alienated and without power. Thank you for proving me wrong. Somehow I feel stronger after this experience. A very wise man I once knew told me, “Always assume positive intent.” I have not thought about that phrase for a very long time. It is hard to do when you are struggling in aspects of your own life. I am taking it out of my pocket and dusting it off, now. I am going to try it back on.
Thank you for having the courage to say what needs to be said, and the talent and compassion to say it in a way that can help heal the world instead of tearing it apart further. I truly hope to participate in this movement, if only in a small way that is meaningful to myself and those whose lives I am fortunate enough to affect.”
Mind What Matters Book Review
This is a relaxing but engrossing book free from excessive jargon and officious direction. The chapters are topical and written in a storytelling fashion that makes their points very effectively. Each is followed by “Voices,” a brief collection of quotes from well-known writers and teachers that reiterate his points. In this gentle fashion, he challenges the reader to look beyond the familiar and discover living more mindfully and enjoyably. Indeed, his Chapter, “Laughter Is The Sound Of Good Health” injects a note of healthy humor that is meant to help the reader from falling into the trap of being too solemn about self-improvement. His admonition to “be careful how you dial the phone” makes this point in a disarmingly amusing fashion. Those on a journey toward more mindful, enjoyable living would do well to explore this book.”