I’ve posted many audio clips of Chris Ryan — co-author of Sex at Dawn, podcaster, and “shame exorcist” (a name given to him by the wonderful comedian Duncan Trussell) — because he eloquently blows holes through the “truths” that guide and structure power relationships in our society and culture.
In this clip he takes apart one of the key assumptions that underpins most evolutionary (and economic) theory: That humans are necessarily self-interested. Until we get past this idea — which is clearly a modern invention — we’ll stay stuck in a system that seems to be plunging us towards our own oblivion.
We need to start throwing many of these “truths” away, as they’re just not serving us well anymore…
For another great ramble from Ryan about how capitalism works, click here.
This is the most satisfying thing I have watched in a long, long time: Russell Brand destroying Paxman, revealing him for the establishment reactionary he is, and nailing how I feel about modern politics, all in merely 10 minutes. Viva la revolucion.
things = people, too.
I’m not LGBT, but think we all need to push back whenever the Puritan Crap begins…
Oh the number of “rockstars” in Adland who need to be slapped upside the head with this quote.
The no-bullshit wisdom of Rollins never fails.
I haven’t read “The Iron and the Soul" in over a year, but whenever I come back to it I am completely refreshed and recharged by its truth:
“People have become separated from their bodies. They are no longer whole.
I see them move from their offices to their cars and on to their suburban homes. They stress out constantly, they lose sleep, they eat badly. And they behave badly. Their egos run wild; they become motivated by that which will eventually give them a massive stroke. They need the Iron Mind…
The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back.
The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”
(Tip to @uz_1991 for the photo.)
One picture that says it all… “Resistance is futile”.
Snippet from Alain De Botton’s fascinating talk at the Sydney Opera House about his book “Religion for Atheists”, and how when a culture is oriented purely around work and romantic love, it gets a bit loopy… mentally unstable… or “twitchy”.
I think we see this happening all over the West, as folks fetishize and put on a pedestal both work and romantic love… and nothing survives on a pedestal for long.
"Marriage is ridiculous, and this is coming from a person who is married."
Joe Rogan captures perfectly how I feel about marriage.
(Said as a happily married person, too.)
If you’re not listening to Joe’s podcast, you really should be. It’ll make you a better person.
The always amazing Duncan Trussell recently interviewed Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr) on his podcast.
They were speaking about parenting (a topic close to my heart, given I have two daughters).
At one point Duncan went on a rant about “mater parents” - parents who claim to have sacrificed their entire lives for their kids, and then make the kids feel shitty about it.
I’ve seen this done, and it’s awful. It fucks kids up. Quick.
Sharing this (as many of my mates are parents) so we can all think, reflect, and avoid doing this to our kids!
Love and mung beans.
"America is dangerously close to not having a war…"
Brilliant commentary these days only comes from comedians, this time from Bill Maher. It completely captures what happens when the military-industrial complex runs things, even in a “democracy” like the USA: Constant war.