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[EPISODE] The Real Truth About Marriage
This week, on The Conscious Consultant Hour, Sam welcomes Editor, Director, and Film Maker Roger Nygard.
Roger has directed TV series like THE OFFICE and THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, and edited Emmy-nominated episodes of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and VEEP, including the upcoming seasons this year.
Roger Nygard’s indie features include the notorious documentary, TREKKIES, the gritty comedy-drama, SUCKERS, a documentary about Alien enthusiasts, SIX DAYS IN ROSWELL, and the spiritual documentary, THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE — or: what’s the point of everything?
THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE, was an official selection of twenty film festivals, won multiple best documentary awards, and was released theatrically in 15 U.S. cities. Afterward, Nygard looked for a new topic, something even more inexplicable than existence itself, and only one topic fit that challenge: THE TRUTH ABOUT MARRIAGE, was screened at film festivals in 2019, and was released this year.
The show opens with Sam’s quotes from Abraham and the Universe, speaking to how things don’t always come out the way we want them to, Sam noting that it’s completely natural, not every day is going to be perfect, and to this, we shouldn’t be hard on ourselves on these days, Abraham’s quote, speaks to the journey to where we want to be, how we should be relishing in the moments on the way there because otherwise, you aren’t going to get what you think reaching the destination will give you. The segment closes with Sam introducing the guest, Roger Nygard, who gives statistics about marriage from his documentary, speaking how to failures in his own relationships inspired the subject of the film.
Roger talks about the creation of the documentary, what gave him the institution to follow this path. He talks about his history in his relationships as well as his thoughts on what truly brings satisfaction in a relationship. The two then talk about the history of marriage in human history and the recency of the concept, monogamy’s place in our current society and why the relatively sudden shift has caused frustration in today’s world, where people aren’t properly educated on how to have a relationship in the first place. Roger talks about how marriage as we know it came about and why its origins mostly lie with men aiming to protect their egos and control the sexuality of women. The two then briefly discuss polygamy.
This segment opens with Roger talking about how to have a successful relationship in today’s world, highlighting gratitude and having balance between masculinity and feminine energy. He gives advice for men to improve relationships with their spouses, getting home the importance of being a good listener and outlining a daily practice that will help fortify these skills. Roger outlines the duality between the energies and then speaks to the current situations and statuses of the participants in his documentary. The segment closes with Roger’s ideas on why some work and some don’t, adding in a quick anecdote about filming a wedding in a sewer for the documentary.
The final segment begins with Roger discussing his book based off of the documentary before Sam inquires Roger’s ideas about the growing presence of non-traditional relationships in today’s world, Roger answering with how polyarmous relationships require honesty more than anything as well as picking and choosing when and when not to be honest, suggesting buffering your honesty with sensitivity. He goes into the nature of attraction, whether it is spiritual or physical, and how people should approach finding a soulmate and briefly going into the science behind how two people become attracted to each other biologically. The segment closes with Roger talking about how the book adaptation of the movie came about, the reactions he’s received from the film, and a potential sequel with the subject shifting towards gay marriage.