Ep. 104: How Western Culture Keeps Us Distracted And Fighting Amongst Ourselves

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Individualism and competition vs. collaboration and communitarianism 
  • Whether humans are inherently selfish and destructive
  • The cost of social media and other forms of distraction
  • How drugs and alcohol can function as numbing agents
  • Why many causes that appear worthy turn out to be distractions from the real problems

1:14 – individualism and competition vs. collaboration and communitarianism

 25:45 – randomness, subjectivism, moral relativism, and the resulting nihilism

 31:20 – the consequences of the idea that humans are selfish, destructive, and useless other than what we can produce

 41:39 – how potentially beneficial advancements become co-opted to maintain the current power structure 

48:04 – how western culture degrades esteem and prevents self-actualization

49:43 – the many aspects of modern technology and entertainment that distract us from what’s important  

55:26 – how drugs and alcohol can also function as numbing agents 

1:03:42 – how worthy causes become co-opted to prevent legitimate progress 

1:13:18 – contrasting with cultures that are family-oriented and less distracted by technology 

1:16:10 – the effects of culture in science, health, and everyday life 

Links from this episode

  • LK
    Posted at 16:14h, 09 November Reply

    Our purpose or the bottom line is: “The end of the matter, all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13.
    “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34. The United States has moved further and further away from honoring and obeying God.

  • Robert Kiely
    Posted at 18:38h, 25 November Reply

    Fantastic podcast. Profound words of wisdom.

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