Podcast: The Amateur Society – Transparency – 10.17.2017

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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?

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – What Is A Hero? – 10.09.2017

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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.

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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

Podcast: The Amateur Society – What Is Life Worth? – 10.02.2017

Cemetary

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?

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Horrific Las Vegas Massacre – Ishmel Bolano – 10.02.2017

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Join Steven Menking as he welcomes back Ishmel Bolano (The Right Central) to discuss the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, the emotions that are running rampant, and the launch of The Right Central radio show.

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Bread, Circuses, And Political Overload – 09.26.2017

BreadAndCircuses

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?

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – The Wisdom Of Adversity – 08.21.2017

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There can be little doubt that as a society we are experiencing both a profound lack of wisdom and a powerful level of adversity. In a time of trial, the robust and antifragile person must be able to recognize the signals that adversity provides. There is great meaning in being able to develop wisdom through adversity. How can we accomplish this feat while avoiding the undeniably potent capability of adversity to destroy wisdom? What do our worldviews suggest about how we should approach this challenging hour?

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