The bottom line on Ram Dass is the realization that there is no personal identity. I'm an anchor, I'm a journalist, I'm a father, I'm a brother. But the only thing that's important is infinite potential. Every human being's identity is your potential. Right now I'm an anchorman in New York who's a dude. But I'll still be Dylan Ratigan. So who are you? My answer is infinite potential.
This dudeness allows him to not worry about things that some of the rest of us think about, like the debt ceiling debates, to which the only possible answer is obvs "infinite potential" but people just don't get that because of, like, the media, man:
... I can differentiate between what's actually happening and the blowhard news cycle of fear-monger manipulation and self-indulgent garbage. For instance, you hear a lot of talk on the debt ceiling about how disastrous it's going to be. The nice thing about having access to the financial markets is you can see how full of crap the political media is. If America was not going to pay its debts then the yield on the ten-year bond rate would be 14 percent. It's under 3 percent now. It's a joke. The whole thing's a charade. The debt limit itself is invented.
Also helpful: staying away from newsprint.
I wouldn't read a newspaper now unless you put a gun to my head and even then I would really try to negotiate with you.
We assume he meant to warn you away from financial-news TV too but it got cut from the piece.