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Informed in an interesting fashion by his relationship to stoicism, Ryan shares that he cares deeply about the future, but always in a thoughtful and measured way. In this podcast, he shares what is really driving our current moment across many areas.

31: Ryan Holiday - Conspiracy, Manipulation & other Pastimes

31: Ryan Holiday - Conspiracy, Manipulation & other Pastimes

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Hooked on technology

One of the feelings of the age is a kind of anxiety or unease about things.

One reason is that we’re on our phones all the time, we’re consuming more information than ever. Technology has enabled us to do everything on demand. We never get downtime between moments.

A transformation has taken place that is not well documented.

We can’t figure out why we can’t read a book. We can’t consume long-form complex ideas. During the Lincoln Douglas debates, Lincoln talked for three hours, Douglas for three hours, then after a break, everyone re...

The media landscape is shifting

Previously, media houses were the only trusted sources. Now, almost anyone can create podcasts, books or YouTube videos. 

Traditional media institutions are becoming empty shells. Their only value is in their brand's reputation, but their content is decreasing. They seem to...

We may watch stuff that doesn’t make sense and leave us fixed in a sort of hypnagogic state. We pay attention to the traditional media houses, but we completely miss important things because they are filtered out by whatever the dominant media narrative is. 

We pay attent...

If you want a meaningful life, start a family

People these days try to find meaning in things like polyamorous relationships, travelling, or being an influencer. We emptied our life of real meaning, then tried to replace it with nothing. We tear down marriage and replace it with nothing. We tear down the office, community, t...

The baby boomers caught a wave that made it easy to prosper. But in their selfishness, they are more concerned about themselves than their children. 

They hoard stuff they are not willing to give up. They think everybody will find their bliss and make their own way, just like they did, but...

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