The Amateur Society: Transparency

FogWater

Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Tuesday 10/17, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Transparency is a value that people of all worldviews tend to recognize as lacking in our current society. This applies to all manner of life from personal relationships up to the most significant geopolitical decisions being made behind closed doors even as I write. We will begin our discussion by coming to a working definition of transparency and identifying areas where we would prefer more or less of it. Is there such a thing as too much transparency? By the end of the month thousands of additional documents pertaining to the JFK assassination are scheduled to be released unless President Trump seals them again. What might the full measure of transparency entail in this situation?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

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The Amateur Society: Meeting Postponed To Tomorrow (Tuesday – 10.16.2017)

Schedule

Amateurs,

Our normal Monday meeting will be on Tuesday this week because of a schedule conflict.

Our regular open call will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 10/17, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tomorrow at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: What Is A Hero?

DDAY

Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 10/09, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

In our generation we tend to use language in a way that trivializes concepts that have immense historicity, narrative weight, and conceptual importance. Love is certainly one. The notion of a hero is another. I contend that a properly anti-fragile worldview must contain a heroic self conception. We must view ourselves – at least in part – as heroes engaged in an act of overcoming the hardships and tragedies of life. A balanced and well thought out worldview is absolutely indispensable here, because there are all manner of causes and belief structures where the appeal of being a hero can become warped and perverted in a way that engenders evil. Not all villains see themselves as such.

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: What Is Life Worth?

Cemetary

Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 10/02, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

With the breaking news out of Las Vegas overnight of the horrific mass casualty event emotions of all sorts are running high today. Fear, anger, bitterness, grief, sorrow, mourning, confusion, heartbreak, and many more have been stirred up in the consciousness of Americans. Let’s take some time this evening to look beyond the politics, blame, and castigation to ask a question that demands to be addressed but that typically is overshadowed by other concerns: what is life worth? What do our worldviews tell us about what life actually is, where it comes from, and what its ultimate value is? Something instinctive tells us that life is valuable and worth preserving, so how can people – ourselves included – come to a place where we see life as something that would be better off eliminated?

God bless you today as you consider these serious matters and as we continue to pray for all those impacted by this latest horror.

The Amateur Society: Bread, Circuses, And Political Overload

BreadAndCircuses

Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 9/25, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

The uproar in the land of the free and the home of the brave took another interesting turn over the weekend as the White House is apparently now fighting wars against the NFL and NBA in addition to battling North Korea, the Deep State / Shadow Government, and the obsolete media. The fall is upon us, and once again we have a worldview divide manifesting in two completely different versions of reality. Will this, like so many twists before it, pass into the misty memories of confirmation bias or should we expect to see significant, lasting effects? What would the consequences be if a meaningful portion of Americans became disillusioned with their bread and circuses because of the encroachment of politics? How should we view this dynamic as it unfolds?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless!

The Amateur Society: Historical Uncertainty And The Future

RosettaStone

Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Tuesday 9/19, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

I attended the True Legends conference this past weekend, and it struck me that we don’t ask the right questions about history. This vast detriment creates a profound level of uncertainty and ignorance that leads to powerlessness. What proportion of our knowledge about history is accurate? How much are we missing? How could we even estimate the size of the gaps in our understanding of both natural and human history?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless!

The Amateur Society: September 11th And The Emotional Content Of Memory

911

Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 9/11, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

16 years ago the world was transformed. I was 13. In many worldviews that age signifies the beginning of the transition from child to adult. Certain events have an immediate, massive historical impact at all levels. Tonight we will remember perhaps the most significant event of my lifetime as measured by the collective emotion of memory. Walking around New York City today I was struck by conflicting senses of solemnity and normalcy. It led me to ask a couple questions that we will discuss tonight. What determines the emotional content and strength of a memory? How do our worldviews inform our approach to painful memories in particular?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,