One of the beautiful aspects about living in one of the moderately free societies in 2018, is that we have the ability to do and to create almost anything we want if it is positive or beneficial. The digital revolution is spawning tools and avenues for us to shape our communities in transformative, environmentally friendly ways that also happen to be more cost effective than the traditional means of organizing life. The 1984 weapon of surveillance, the cameras and microphones in our cell phones that we carry with us at all times, are not being used against us, and hold the tools to capitalize on humanities shared history of information, as well as the emerging sharing economy – Airbnb, Carshares, Craigslist, Stubhub, etc. these marketplaces that allow for a bit more even distribution of entrepreneurship. In this episode I explore areas of 1984 that have come to fruition, and areas that have not. The year 2018 is not a dystopian depiction of the future, and we need to continue to work to keep it that way.
Socialism is not a bad word, it's an imperfect solution and a response to a problem with the inequalities that the market system produces. It's extreme, it's flawed, and almost the exact opposite of the market system, but consider, how intelligent could Marx have possibly been regarding global economic affairs in the year 2018? This episode is an attempt to have the conversation regarding Socialism that I've been waiting to hear from intelligent, thoughtful individuals I revere.
It's interesting that Jordan Peterson continues to conflate the only well known alternative to our certainly flawed but - not as bad as many on the left - would say, current economic paradigm, with guaranteed totalitarian regimes followed by millions of deaths. The same thing used to happen to Christopher Hitchens when he would discuss atheism – the opposition would often use the same names, Mao, Stalin, Lenin, as some sort of exemplar of an atheist. It's perhaps reactionary or precautionary logic at work, but it's incomplete and dangerous to paint someone like Christopher Hitchens – an atheist socialist – as a mass murderer waiting to happen.
Mental Illness, Mental Health, Mental Wellness, however you refer to it – we're in the midst of a storm. I can't help but think one of the major barriers in itself, is that when we first begin to consider if someone we love is experiencing depression – we start to think of them as quote “ill”. This podcast is intended to share a different perspective, to try to encourage us to look at mental states, not as illnesses, but as experiences that are different, unorthodox, not understood, and challenging. We have the ability to make a big difference in the lives of those around us if we start to see their thoughts as thoughts, and not a sickness or an illness. The content in this episode might be challenging for some, I tackle thoughts of life and death, but I encourage you to listen to the end, because I would love to hear your thoughts, whatever they may be.
Change can be scary, but I can't help but see as the world has changed, and connection and communication with strangers all over the planet is now possible – that the power to steer values and ethics and societal structure is in the hands of the people en mass. We have the ability, by sharing ideas that will benefit our entire species, to create a world we all want to be a part of. Desalination is a technology that has existed for decades, but only now that it is becoming necessary in wealthy nations is there real movement toward building Desalination plants across the globe. This podcast looks at life supporting technologies from a different perspective; clean drinking water for the entire planet, we need to ask ourselves how that possibly, can be too expensive.