September 24, 2018
Mental Wellness, to build off of Part 1, is the concept that's going to be explored a little bit further. More specifically, the arbitrary nature of considering others' mental states to be illnesses and the potential consequences that can have is what's examined in this episode. Can it be that somehow the struggles that we face within, can be the cause of greatness? Is it to be assumed that we should avoid quote negative mental states at all costs at all times, or... is struggle and pain a part of human existence that can unleash in us potential that we were unaware we had? A common theme in many that spend their lives doing good things is a past history of struggle. The more extreme the struggle, often the more a person commits themselves to do good.
I wonder how many insights have been missed throughout time, because we decided to classify some people, in some way shape or form, and miss out on more potential greatness said individual has to offer. We may not notice it, but our own mental wellness is being affected by the way we respond to and judge others.
September 6, 2018
I just listened to the recent Jordan Peterson podcast with Gregg Hurwitz, and I couldn't help but ask myself the entire time it felt – where were these thoughts in 2016, or 2012, or 2008? Campaign finance reform, admitting that the gerrymandering process is extremely unfair, voter ID laws and the suppression that follows. Where was the interest in candidates that propose solutions to the problems affecting society? I relinquish just a bit of frustration here, because I know the likes of Andrew Sullivan, or David Frum, Cenk Uyger, or the late Christopher Hitchens have been advocating along these lines for decades now, and it seems like people are just starting to listen – or feel like they're discovering these ideas themselves. The intellectual dark web has been a vibrant community for at least a decade now, there is no invitation necessary.
You are not throwing your vote away, by voting for a third, fourth or alternative party, and you're not failing your democracy if you refuse to vote for the candidates that are put forth. There should be someone you can look to that represents you, that will fight for you, protect your rights and enable you to live a free life, with the opportunity to flourish. We are the government, and it is our responsibility to demand more from the political process.