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With host Stefan Molyneux, podcast topics range from philosophy to economics to art to how to achieve real freedom in the modern world. Passionate, articulate, funny and irreverent, Freedomain Radio shines a bold light on old topics - and invents a few new ones to boot!
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Where is the best place to send our review(s) of the peaceful parenting book, you asked for feedback, but I'm not sure the best place to submit it.I'm only a few chapters in, I like the content but my first impression is wow, 450 pages? I think it's too long for general consumption, if you want many people to finish this book, I suggest cutting it in half, or smaller...You are great with analogies, but I think there are too many, at least in the first few chapters. The purples analogy isn't great to me, I don't think it's captivating to the audience. Keep up the analogies where they are strong, but cut ones that aren't captivating.Thanks for your work.- I think the purples analogy is really useful, especially for any normies that decide to pick up the book.I'm curious what "peaceful-leaning" parenting methods you might have investigated/reviewed when working on your book or forming your parenting philosophy. E.g., "Parenting with Love and Logic", "Grace Based Parenting", "Trust-Based Relational Intervention" ( https://child.tcu.edu/about-us/tbri) (this one is more focused on helping kids from traumatic backgrounds, but has lots of broadly-applicable teachings), etc. Thanks for your work on this!Hey Stef, advice for someone who’s 28, still living with parents and not much dating experience in adulthood. no post secondary education and mostly been working as service Tech and industrial type jobs making around 23-26$(in Alberta) at best but feel like I have more potential but I keep procrastinating and have daily weed habit.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
In this heartfelt conversation, we delve into the caller's challenging upbringing shaped by divorce, neglect, and emotional struggles. The host provides nuanced insights on neglect as a form of abuse, while personal anecdotes and discussions on self-confidence and coping mechanisms add depth to the dialogue. The caller bravely shares struggles with identity and self-worth, leading to introspection and growth with the host's compassionate guidance. The conversation emphasizes the importance of positive social connections and personal responsibility in the caller's journey towards self-improvement and well-being.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
Philosopher Stefan Molyneux reads a listener's question and breaks it down:"It’s Father’s Day. Does a sperm and money donor count?"I once had a wife and two daughters. My younger daughter died of cancer at fourteen. During her illness, the three girls (mother and daughters) ran away. I had no clue they would do such a thing other than that I knew they were hostile to me, or, more accurately, their mother was determined to get rid of me and have total control over "her" ill daughter, who she was convinced she could save. She alienated her daughters from their father (me) by crying to them and pretending all was okay to me, other than the real problem of a dying child, her favorite. My reality and existence were abuse to them! The trist was between my ex-wife and younger daughter, since her birth. I was an outsider."I was served divorce papers a week after our daughter died, with false accusations of sexual abuse (never, and never violent). The house was sold, the assets split, and most of my remaining assets were transferred by force of law for my fifteen-year-old daughter's education and life. I never saw her again because the feminized “family” court allowed her to choose not to see her father, the cause of her poor crying mother's unhappiness. The court denied my rights. I paid for her life and university education but never saw her, her mother, or money again. My mother, sister, and friends were shut off from contact or communication. I could do nothing to protect my daughter. Any attempt to contact would have instigated police action."After ten years, when my mother was dying, I left a phone message for my daughter about the situation. I lived fifty miles away. Soon, the police turned up to serve a restraining order and “remove my guns and ammo” (I had none). I fought the restraining order in court, so one was never issued (amazing), but that was the end of my longing for fatherhood."I wonder if my ex-wife ever feels any remorse for her lies, deceit, betrayal, and emotional violence against me (and her daughters). I suspect she feels sanctimoniously virtuous and justified that she is a "good mother protecting her daughter”… on anti-depressants! Are there ever any consequences for mothers who alienate their children from their fathers? I don’t know of any adult that would dare to confront her."At least I was liberated from a miserable marriage and family. I now have a wonderful life with an intelligent and kind woman who pampers and spoils me every day, not just on Father’s Day."Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
What sparked the idea behind your recent poll and proposal video to reconsider paid private calls?What are your thoughts on the result of the poll and subsequent comments?Stef I am currently seeing a woman, I would not say she is my girlfriend I just have chatted with her a few times and she gave me her phone number. Anyway I saw her Instagram page by random accident, maybe not completely random as the algorithm probably recognised that my phone number is on her contacts list. Anyway, I saw her Instagram page and I decided to take a look, it has several pro Aboriginal posts. This woman does not know the truth about indigenous Australian history and if she did would she still put these posts praising Aborginal culture on her Instagram? My question is Stef how do I break the news that Indigenous Australian ‘history’ as presented in Australian schools, universities and the Australian media is a lie. I want to show her your presentation on Indigenous Australia History. As Schopenhauer wrote ‘making women angry is not a good idea if you want to reproduce’. Dating today is hard and younger generations are having less sex than ever but on the other hand a commitment to truth telling is one of the most important virtues. How do I go about telling her this truth or should I just accept the fact that she is female and she can continue living on with this delusion as most females don’t have to deal with objective reality to survive. I too was constantly presented with the false history of indigenous Australian History and Culture during school and college but I accepted the reality of the true history when I saw your presentation. As she is female I don’t see any likely outcome other than her becoming hostile to the truth and resultantly seeing me as an enemy. Stef as you have stated women don’t like to hear the truth and women are particularly susceptible to government propaganda, which leaves me in a tough situation because if this is really how women in general think then how can I balance the line between exposing her to the truth about her leftist delusions whilst also doing it in a way where she doesn’t get mad and leave me? Unfortunately Stef this leftist type of ‘virtue’ signalling is on virtually every woman’s social media so I don’t think I have the luxury of just leaving and miraculously finding the super rare women who isn’t into this woke nonsense. To clarify this woman is not Aboriginal, she claims to be from some Aboriginal tribe but she is as pale as a British woman, it’s possible she may identify as an Aboriginal in the same way Elizabeth Warren identifies as Native American. She may believe being aboriginal gives her special status or she may have 1-2% indigenous blood and identify as indigenous despite the vast majority off her blood being European. White looking Australians identifying as Aboriginal is quite common over here. This may complicate things further if I decide to break the news to her & show her your presentation about ‘The Truth about Indigenous History’. To give you more information this woman was actually a good conversationalist on the few times I chatted with her and did not treat me in the vapid narcisstic manner many women display towards men these days. So I think there is enough good qualities present in this woman that all is needed is the right approach to educate her about the truth of Aboriginal Australian Culture & History. Stef have you ever educated a woman to make the truth more accessible to her in a less confrontational manner and how do you recommend I go about doing it? Would it be deceptive of me to ignore these differences until a later date in a relationship. To clarify she is 26 so not super late stages in the egg count, but yeah I shouldn’t be wasting more than 1 year of this woman’s life before bringing this up. What do you think would be the best way to tell a woman that her woke programming is all a big lie and that she should stop identifying as Aboriginal as she is almost certainly at least 95% British. Why would she ignore at least 95% of her ancestry to identify with this culture, why would she do it, why do so many women seek some sort of special status by claiming to be Aboriginal or Native American when they are not or it is only a tiny fragment of their ancestry at most?You've constantly asked for feedback on your books, and I think I have something valuable to mention regarding your fictional work. I've noticed this right from the start but it took me years to get my head around it and come up with something that hopefully makes sense.Your dumb, low-IQ, or shallow characters do not feel genuine. The example that I have in mind is the guy in the Just Poor novel who gets his head smacked by his partner when trying to sell the stuff they produced at their "co-op" farm. His actions and overall behavior are in line with how a real-life dumb person might behave, but his inner dialogue and the way he expresses his ideas often seem way more complex than they should be.I was born and live in a country in Eastern Europe with an average IQ of 86 and I've met a large number of low-IQ people throughout my lifetime. They have significant difficulties in articulating their ideas and they have a limited vocabulary so the way they speak is inferior to how the Just Poor guy I mentioned speaks and thinks.This next example hopefully clarifies my case even further. I got a similar sense with Arlo in The Present. He acted and behaved just like a shallow, self-absorbed individual but his inner dialogue and some of his speeches showed a lot of depth and meaning.I initially thought that it might be difficult for a brilliant, high-IQ, and profound writer to create characters that are somehow the opposite of himself. On the other hand, you do seem very able to create evil characters.Another explanation is that it is easy for you to create smart, passionate, productive, funny, engaging, gross, evil, and violent people in your stories because you've had close contact with such traits throughout your lifetime, but you've had very limited contact with dumb or shallow people. What do you think? Am I misinterpreting your characters or are there any challenges when writing the type of people I mentioned?HI Stef. Have you ever made a list of must read books? like maybe your top 10, or even 100? Thank you.hi Stef! I am about 5 months into a serious relationship with a woman who I'd one day like to marry. I often have, or at least try to have, very in-depth conversations with her about our past, about emotions, etc, but I notice she gets sort of vague and foggy and I feel she isnt truly opening up with me.When I press her on this, I get responses such as she is afraid of being vulnerable, afraid of rejection, afraid of change, stuff like this. I feel like when I try to dig deeper, I inevitably hit a wall. And while I do my best to be totally open and honest with her, I struggle with getting her to be as open and honest with me.What can a man do in a situation like this in order to convince a girl to open up about herself more? Is it a matter of patience, or should I keep pressing it?Some background that could help: She was raised in what appears to be a nice family with 6 siblings. She's kind and considerate with others. But she seems to have an aversion to being up-front and moving forward in life, and she's always been somewhat socially recluse; she doesnt have many friends, and isnt very close to anyone outside of her family.I would greatly appreciate your help on this. Thank you, Stef!Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
5537 DON'T BE DEAD!

5537 DON'T BE DEAD!

2024-06-1601:35:32

Sunday Morning Live 16 June 2024Happy Father's Day!In this heartfelt episode, we delve into the profound significance of honesty in relationships, exploring themes of childhood trauma, parental dynamics, and the value of truthful communication in fostering genuine connections. We discuss the art of taking responsibility during conflicts, the power of genuine apologies, and the transformative potential of empathy and personal growth in navigating relationships with grace. Delving into childhood victimization, we unravel the dynamics of self-blame and coping mechanisms, advocating for honesty, direct communication, and the power of authenticity in forging meaningful connections. Personal reflections on missed opportunities and the importance of fostering connections before it's too late underscore the significance of embracing vulnerability and genuine communication.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
"hi again, I have a fun question, that is tongue and cheek. In your book the Art of The Argument, on page 108, last paragraph it talks about activity in the female brain, that generally differs from the male brain. Specifically the Dorso-medial prefontal cortex and the right amygdala. I'm summarizing that men tend to be more analytical in thinking, and women are more emotional. If we are wired differently, and of course there are always exceptions, should we as a society go back to more traditional roles in society, like more men in politics, arena's of science etc, and women being teachers and more nurturing professions since we are literally wired differently?""Many young people at my work have no interest in having children, even though they are completely capable of doing so. Even people in their late 20's and early 30's say they don't want kids. All the reasons are for selfish reasons, such as children are too expensive or they just want to "enjoy life", or that waking up all night is too much stress for them to take care of an infant. Is not having children on purpose even if completely capable of doing so immoral?"Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
"I felt a connection with show 5484, which is why men won't commit to women in their thirties. I felt it very well describes my experiences dating. I'm a gentleman in my early thirties and I've really struggled to find someone that is family oriented and someone that I think I could connect with. I've become a little jaded towards young women given the plethora of bad experiences I've had."Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
5534 Deathbed Regrets...

5534 Deathbed Regrets...

2024-06-1401:37:48

Wednesday Night Live 12 June 2024Join us in this conversation where we navigate a range of topics, from tech rants to roommate experiences and discussions on hazing in frat houses. We delve into reflections on regrets, exploring deathbed confessions and contemplating what regrets we might have if we knew our time was limited. Our dialogue deepens as we touch on suppressing emotions, unfulfilled dreams, friendship dynamics, and the challenges of self-expression. We emphasize the importance of authenticity, emotional processing, and addressing suppressed emotions for personal growth and fulfillment. Sharing personal experiences, career reflections, parenting anecdotes, and insights on societal pressures, we spark engaging discussions with our audience on self-improvement, societal influences, and moral decision-making. Throughout our exchange, we seamlessly transition between personal stories, philosophical musings, and audience interactions, exploring the essence of truth, authenticity, and self-ownership.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
5533 Spanking Debate!

5533 Spanking Debate!

2024-06-1309:40

In a recent discussion, I debated the concept of peaceful parenting with Bob, who argued that children inherently have lower moral standing than adults. I countered by emphasizing the increased moral responsibility towards children, highlighting that they deserve higher moral considerations. We delved into the topic of consequences for parental actions like spanking, advocating for interventions that prioritize education and anger management over punitive measures. Acknowledging the power imbalance between parents and children, I stressed the need for tailored approaches that prioritize the child's protection and well-being. The discourse illuminated the complexities of balancing discipline with the child's welfare and underscored the importance of proactive interventions to uphold the best interests of the child in challenging situations.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
In this episode, I discuss dating and family dynamics with a caller who shares struggles from childhood to adulthood. We explore the impact of past traumas on relationships, emphasizing self-awareness and emotional vulnerability for meaningful connections. Reflecting on personal growth and resilience, we highlight the importance of honesty and self-reflection in overcoming internal conflicts for genuine relationships.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
5531 WHAT IS VALUE?

5531 WHAT IS VALUE?

2024-06-1101:46:12

Sunday Morning Live 9 June 2024In this podcast episode, we discuss the impact of early childhood experiences on development, focusing on parental wisdom and daycare influences. Conversations span moral analyses of media, societal impacts of the pandemic, and personal reflections on daycare experiences. We touch on diverse topics like ethics in gaming and selling products, emphasizing growth and innovation in content creation. Lastly, we highlight the importance of embracing novelty and seeking continual improvement in our creative endeavors, guided by audience feedback and a commitment to excellence.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
Friday Night Live 7 June 2024In this episode of Friday Night Live, we discuss retirement savings, health maintenance, and societal changes. We delve into the importance of investing in health, sexuality in relationships, and challenges in mixed-culture marriages. We conclude with reflections on parental authority and ethical communication. Tune in for insights on health, relationships, and personal growth.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
Hi Stef, I just want to say, despite listening to you for close to a decade now, I have only recently started to feel comfortable with the idea that other people’s negative emotions do not necessarily (and in most cases) have nothing to do with me or my actions, including my parents! Logically I have known this for a while thanks to you, but it only recently feels like I am beginning to feel it and believe it. I actually found humor (after initially feeling some guilt) about a random angry person I came across this morning. Well I think the humor came from my own realization of the absurdity of feeling guilt or anger because of someone else’s actions or emotional state, who doesn’t know me and has nothing to do with me. My parents sort of fit this category actually.For my question - When you encounter scenarios like this,I.e. random angry person, someone calls you rude over a simple misunderstanding, how is that jolt of guilt or pain or shame halted or ‘sandboxed’ so it can be evaluated? (or is there not even this ‘jolt’?) I think there is something fundamental I am missing about this. Thanks a bunch, Stef!What are the steps I could do to become more self expressed as opposed to self erased , I've defooed already .A bit like the "30 year old virgin " caller , I spend a lot of my time in my head carefully weighing things up , a mixture of self censorship and appeasement .Note that : When I defooed , at the time it was more of a knee jerk reaction as opposed to anything based on reason and evidence and proper philosophical principles and virtues , later on as I listened to you (big thank you ) I had more language to describe what I instinctively experienced with the Foo.I think the real question is : how do I move from a mode of bomb disarming / hyper vigilance to a mode of cool relaxed /creative expression?Hey Stefan! I've got a small group of local moms unfamiliar with your work but who are earnest about improving their parenting and being the best moms they can be. I mentioned your Peaceful Parenting book, and they're definitely interested. Could I share it with them in order to start a PP book club? I would, of course, encourage them to donate if they find your work valuable.Thank you for clarity regarding the components to a proper apology~Since starting your journey of RTR & self-knowledge, would you say you have fewer occurances where you need to apologize, more occurrences, or about the same? 🧮🤔Does decreasing frequency of occurances where we need to apologize (not for the same transgression -- concerning genuine apologies) help indicate progress in self-knowledge, or indicate we may be flying close to the sun of vanity? 🪽🌞Hi Stef, how do you identify the line between what would be considered ‘Banter’ or jokes and when it could be considered closer to verbal abuse or designed to cause hurt.I find lad culture nauseating but I do have some exposure to it in a golf group I am part of. A recent comment from a friend from that group really struck a nerve . I don’t want to be over sensitive but the comment whilst a joke had an undertone that seemed aimed to do just that.I know this is also important to know when you make a joke yourself and don’t want to hurt other people .Thanks in advance for any information.Stef, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the intellectual discipline it takes to maintain healthy skepticism without devolving into unhealthy pessimism.I’m sure you’ve touched on this before, but I’ve only recently “discovered” you and while I’m going through your older stuff, I skew towards listening to your most recent contentContext: I had my kids late (first one at 40-I’m mid 50s now) and while I want them to have healthy skepticism, I don’t want to embitter them with the worldview my difficult life has led me to.In short, I want them to be skeptical but still have the capability to experience “Joie de vivre” without making them misanthropesI’m sure I could had worded this better, but I hope you get what I’m driving at even if I haven’t captured it with sufficient languageI love my kids. I want them to avoid bad people and decisions but still retain the capacity to enjoy the company of good people and consider their futures optimisticallyBest regards and keep up the good work!Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
Stefan Molyneux joins Ryan McCormick in a deep dive on peaceful parenting, exploring the power dynamics and moral philosophy often overlooked in parent-child relationships. Discussing the shift from physical to verbal abuse, they touch on societal impacts and insufficiencies in positive role models. Stefan challenges beliefs on discipline and addresses the importance of self-reflection for parents to nurture empathy in children. The conversation outlines the pillars of peaceful parenting and emphasizes the transmission of ethical values amidst societal influences. Stefan advocates for peaceful parenting as a solution to societal dysfunctions, critiquing reliance on violence in child-rearing, and underscores the need for secular ethics to uphold universal moral standards. Calling for a shift towards peaceful parenting for societal transformation, Stefan highlights its potential to cultivate harmonious communities grounded in peace and voluntary interactions.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
Wednesday Night Live 5 June 2024In this episode of Wednesday Night Live, we discuss challenges with bureaucracy, societal norms, and ethics like assisted suicide. We emphasize the importance of listener support and authenticity in engagements. Encouraging donation support, we foster genuine connections and exploration of diverse topics.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
In this episode, the speaker explores the concept of downfall in public life, reflecting on their own experiences and society's fascination with others' failures. They emphasize the importance of taking risks and striving for greatness while maintaining integrity. Encouraging listeners to prioritize values over external success, the speaker advocates for making a lasting impact and embracing personal potential. Ultimately, they urge the audience to focus on meaningful contributions and maximize their influence despite external validation.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
"My lack of integrity has left me feeling as though I am an empty vessel. I have a strong aversion to sharing my honest thoughts with both family and friends. Whether these thoughts are benign or whether they are 'harsh truths', I feel anxious in admitting to either."I am reluctant to express discontent with the members of my family. In the past I have gone so far as to admit to my mother that I feel no love for her, and yet even today I still express my love to her through what I feel are merely platitudes. Specifically in this case, it feels as though expressing the truth of my feelings toward her has had no bearing on how our relationship has changed over time."I have drifted from your show in the past when I felt as though I was finding success in relationships or was developing a more honest sense of self. However, in the wake of the premature ending of a recent relationship, it's becoming more difficult to avoid confronting my patterns of behavior."I do struggle with vanity, which has been reinforced by an unearned sense of pride. I procrastinate exploring the opportunities that I want to explore. I believe this to be the case for two reasons: 1. From what I have experienced through trying new things, it is humbling to learn that true value comes from investment and hard work, and 2. Regardless of whatever I am pursuing, I cannot escape myself."The humility required to be authentic is very intimidating to me. Even now, I am craving easy answers as to how I can begin resolving my issues."I would very much appreciate your help in providing me with the tools necessary to take measured, achievable steps in identifying the roots of my vanity, pride, and the anxieties that scare me away from confronting them."I would like to provide some biographical information below:"I am a man in my late twenties. My only sexual experience has come from a one night stand."I do have a small group of friends, but only feel comfortable having significant conversations with one of them."I am a child of divorce, and I have several siblings. Some of my siblings come from my birth mother and father, and the others come from my father's second marriage. My father is now in the process of divorcing his second wife."My childhood was spent in bouts of both repressed and overt anger. When I did act out, either by throwing a tantrum or destroying my own property or the property of others, steps were never taken afterwards to address the roots of my anger."I have seen two different talk therapists off and on over the past few years and have felt as though I have yet to get much use out of the sessions."I am writing to you because in the wake of my most recent relationship, I am only now recognizing how dangerously dishonest it is to not listen to my conscience and express myself in accordance with it. Furthermore, I have caught a glimpse of how continuing this behavior while in a relationship with another person is going to undermine any capacity to ever build trust."I am now in the process of converting to Catholicism after spending some time searching for a religious community. I grew up Protestant, but Catholic Mass is a form of worship with which I feel as though I have a legitimate connection. My goal with following a religion and participating in a community is to look beyond myself and consider the needs of others. I would like to begin the process of looking beyond myself, where I do feel the roots of my problems lie. As a person with little integrity, I have yet to fully appreciate the irony that I am joining a religion wherein one of its Sacraments is Reconciliation through the act of Confession. I admittedly recognize that the pattern of ignoring my own issues while wrapping myself in the flag of 'helping others' is present here as well."I want to stop using people while claiming ignorance of the consequences of my behavior in light of my 'best intentions'. Please help provide me with the tools to stop lying to myself and those in my life."Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
"Hello, all. I'd like to get a discussion going regarding that parallels the release of the PP book. I have been itching with anticipation for its completion since there was first talk of it years ago. I am overly thrilled that it is finally here! I've been raving about it to all of my mama friends. I am a donor and therefore have had access to the book since Stefan started sharing it last October. Yet, I started listening to it and stopped somewhere around chapter four. I wasn't angry or overwhelmed with grief or otherwise emotionally incapacitated. I stopped, thinking it was so juicy, so good, that I needed to take my time and savor it. I didn't want to rush my consumption in greed letting the information spill over, lost, deep within my memory. This seems reasonable in my mind. I wanted to slow down and absorb the book instead of letting it pass through me like an entertaining novel. But I STOPPED at chapter four - just stopped -without realizing I'd done it until today, months after. So, when it dawned on me, I realized that I have a history of doing this, going back decades. I get very excited about a particular book. I elevate it to the highest value, begin reading it, and inexplicably stop, leaving it unfinished with every intention of finishing it later. I have read dozens, maybe hundreds, of inconsequential books cover to cover, but there are four that were "so important" that I never finished them. I want to get to the bottom of it. Does anyone share this enigmatic habit? I'd appreciate any feedback you guys can provide. Maybe someone has already walked this path and has some insight. Please and thank you.""Hi Stef, my 2 sons came home highly disturbed yesterday. They go to the local park everyday which contains a pond and a river in which they enjoy meeting with their friends, fishing, catching turtles and frogs, and playing sports etc. one of the kids within my son’s friend group was using a live frog as a writing utensil. Using it to draw on a wall. As well as throwing it against the concrete, kicking it etc. He was horrified at the extreme level of abuse and when he questioned this kid his response was who cares it’s just a frog. I suggested to him to stay away from him as he seems to be highly troubled. But my son didn’t know how to handle it as this kid also falls within “the group” and staying away from him would also mean isolating himself from the rest of the kids. Any suggestions as to how to how to handle the social dynamics of this situation?""Stef the following question is more about me providing you feedback to a question you asked in your response to my question about how an elephant man would find a virtuous wife. You asked why I was asking the question if I wasn’t an elephant man and such circumstances didn’t apply to me or anyone I know of personally. I think I can understand why you would ask me that question Stef when your philosophy generally deals with less abstract or hypothetical issues, indeed you have arguably taken on a role as a therapist to many people who ask you questions which I give you tremendous praise for addressing. Whilst elephant men are certainly extremely rare, my question wasn’t necessarily abstract, the elephant man was just the extreme end of the spectrum to illustrate a point. You can gradually dial the curtains back a bit and reveal many men who may not be elephant men but certainly are below average looking in looks and socio-economic status, you are aware I think Stef there is some sort of crisis going on whatever the cause, where young generations are having less relationships than ever. That said I think you largely answered my question Stef in that you said it is not a violation of UPB to date someone who is low value such as a prostitute if the prostitute is the best a man can get and sadly for the elephant man and even many other people who are not elephant men, a prostitute who is rejected by all the high value successful men may be the only option available to many of these men.""Hi Stef, I recall you talking in the past about people getting emotionally ‘stuck’ in a certain age. I am currently 28 but for most of my life have felt like a 12 year old boy. I had an unpublished conversation with you 9 months ago, and almost immediately moved out of my parents house, and have since bought my own car and gained a lot of relationship/sexual experience where I previously had none (none!!). Thank you by the way, you helped me realize I needed to start panicking and actually DOING SOMETHING. Point being is that I feel as though I’ve mentally aged a good bit, and now feel like a rebellious teenager, although still not enough of a true rebel to confront my parents, although we don’t speak. Still have not started therapy or journaling. I’ve realized this sounds more like a question I should be able to ask my father, 10 years ago. I guess my question is, is this normal? And what you’re referring to with ‘mental age’? What would be the next steps to keep ‘aging’? I guess journaling and therapy. This also got me thinking about rites of passage which used to be commonplace in society but are now totally absent or delayed. I normally don’t ask questions but this has been on my mind lately, hopefully something interesting you can extract. - saying that makes me think my feelings are false in some way and I still feel like that scared 12 year old. My parents never changed how they talked to me from that age on essentially, never talked about sex never talked about anything of substance ever. That comment about rites of passage looks so out of place. I wonder why I said that.""Hello Stefan. Im writing a short novel in where a young up an coming politician gets a real devils bargain. My idea with the story is that I want him, the politician, to face evil. Im thinking something like three envoys which represents different facets or aspects of the darkness in man. Do you have any suggestions or ideas of what these different facets could be? Little short this month but promise to donate at this months end. Thank you for everything.""Please explain how you define “philosophy” and “philosophical conversation”? . I’m new here —but much of the conversation especially with others seems psychological/historical. Unless I misunderstood."Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
In this episode, we engage in a deep conversation with callers sharing personal stories of relationship challenges, betrayal, and self-discovery. Through heartfelt accounts of infidelity, lack of boundaries, and family dynamics, we delve into the complexities of love, trust, and communication. Our dialogue highlights the importance of self-awareness, setting standards, and fostering healthy relationships built on mutual respect and understanding. We offer guidance on navigating difficult situations, emphasizing the significance of proactive resolution and open communication to cultivate lasting and fulfilling partnerships.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
Join me in a conversation where we explore a caller's breakup with his long-distance girlfriend, delving into his childhood background and parental relationships to understand his romantic struggles. We discuss the impact of incomplete maternal bonding on relationship fulfillment and emphasize the importance of secure attachments. Analyzing past relationship dynamics, we highlight the influence of attachment patterns and traumas on partner choices. We underscore the significance of healthy parental relationships in fostering secure attachments and navigate through challenges in the caller's long-distance relationship, emphasizing the essence of genuine connection and mutual commitment for relational success. In post-breakup reflections, we discuss self-respect, Catholicism, and moral integrity's role in nurturing authentic connections, promoting self-awareness and accountability in relationships.Join the PREMIUM philosophy community on the web for free!NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: MY NEW BOOK 'PEACEFUL PARENTING' - AND THE INTERACTIVE PEACEFUL PARENTING AI AND AUDIOBOOK!Also get the Truth About the French Revolution, the interactive multi-lingual philosophy AI trained on thousands of hours of my material, private livestreams, premium call in shows, the 22 Part History of Philosophers series and much more!See you soon!https://freedomain.locals.com/support/promo/UPB2022
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