Extreme Simplicity

In this week’s podcast I talk about the current trend towards extreme simplicity and why this method of promoting change is destined to create more problems than it solves. Whether we are talking about women’s rights, differences between genders or climate change, the solutions are never black and white.

Our ability to listen to others, examine our own behaviour and understand when we are emotionally triggered, helps us to be more assertive and nuanced when solving personal or global problems. Our responsibility to find our purpose and formulate our own ideas is far more important to our psychological well-being than managing the external responsibilities of life.

A response to suffering can be a feeling that life is unfair, which can lead to toxic tribalism and the ideological oversimplification that is so rampant today. By listening to some nuanced discussions about today’s topical issues we can develop our critical faculties, which brings clarity rather than the impractical goal of ending all suffering.

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Books

50. The Fate of Empires – Sir John Glubb (Essay)

Documentaries

1. Four Horseman is free from mainstream media propaganda — the film doesn’t bash bankers, criticise politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. It ignites the debate about how to usher a new economic paradigm into the world which would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

4. The Shock Doctrine is Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein’s companion piece to her popular 2007 book of the same name. In short, the shock doctrine is a theory for explaining the way that force, stealth and crisis are used in implementing neoliberal economic policies such as privatization, deregulation and cuts to social services.

11. Economics of Happiess features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. (A full version is also available)

Additional Videos

13. Jordan Petersen on Gender Pay (Cathy Newman/Channel Four)

14. Joe Rogan Podcast: Weinstein & Heying – Evolutionary Biologist talk about Gender

15. Joe Rogan Podcast: Jordan Petersen on – 12 Rules for Life

31. Free Trade and Humanity – Noam Chomsky

32. Free Trade and Third World Debt (World Bank) – John Pilger

34. Secrets of The CIA (Doco) – James L Otis

35. James Turk on Fiat Money

36. John Perkins on Secret Empires

37. Financial Trader on Benefit of Collapsing Markets: Goldman Sachs Rules the World (BBC)

38. Change the System, Not the Planet – Naomi Klein

39. Yanis Varoufakis on Greek Bailout (RT)

92. Corseter Mum Shrinks Waist To 18 Inches

Other Websites

10. www.selfauthoring.com

LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary

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