Episode 9

Chapter 8 - "Looking Back from a Higher Level"


August 12th, 2019

43 mins 16 secs

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About this Episode

Looking Back from a Higher Level

Topics discussed:

  • Why Socrates liked talking to people of old age
  • Ways in which Ray's view of life is similar to and/or different from Stoicism, Hedonism, Pessimism
  • Stoicism: the good life is one in accordance with the rational order of things
  • Hedonism: the good life is the maximization of happiness. Happiness is pleasure and the absence of pain.
  • Pessimism: life isn't good. Life is the continual strive to satisfy desires but then when we do we're left unhappy.
    • Pessimism as exemplified in Miley Cyrus's song "The Climb"
  • Ray's claims that being rich and famous are only minimally beneficial in living the good life, and frequently detract from it

Podcasts mentioned:

"Bottom of the Curve", Hi-Phi Nation podcast episode on the mid-life crisis and telic vs atelic desires

Books mentioned:

Principles, Ray Dalio
Republic, Plato (Translated by Allen Bloom)
Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
Essays and Aphorisms, Arthur Schopenhauer (Includes the article "On the Vanity of Existence")

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