What is meaning? Is it necessary for happiness and fulfillment? How does the world handle the apparent lack of meaning in our 21st century media-saturated culture?
Commenting on lectures by Dr. John Vervaeke of the University of Toronto and expounding upon the theme, Nils and Larry take a stab and exploring this most crucial question of our postmodern post-truth world.
Dr. Vervaeke, "Awakening from the Meaning Crisis": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54l8_ewcOlY&t=370s
What do you get when you take a group of people committed to a higher power who gather around a symbol to form a group with a tribal identity, cultural norms, a vision for the future, and a reward/punishment system of values? A religion or a political ideology? Both? Neither? Seems like an important question in today's hyper-political and increasingly connected world. Let's explore in the hopes of learning from the mistakes of our elders.
What is faith? Are religious people the only ones who have it? Are the New Atheists right? Is the end of faith nigh? Or does the zeitgeist misunderstand faith to its detriment?
In the latest episode of Prodigal, Larry explores the psychological components of faith and what it means for ALL our lives.
It's "Us Vs. Them" in 2018 America. From public discourse to University campuses all the way to the political process, if you're not on the winning team you are an immoral enemy. But what if "the other side" isn't evil. What if psychology and spirituality have something to teach us about humility and morality? Let's find out...
Returning from a brief hiatus, Larry returns to the pod talking objectivism, Ayn Rand, libertarianism, liberal values, and ROADS with the very well read and articulate Jay Adragna. Very informative, precise, and timely, this pod is a great introduction to classical liberal, libertarian, ideals.
After a short absence, Larry returns with a surprising turn of events in his spiritual journey. What is the relationship between the "ego" and the Universe? How does it relate to the Spirit Larry has been trying so hard to find? Where is the golden palace with the jade and diamond words? Join us... namaste.
It's not a trick question. Are you living a purpose-filled journey or settling for consuming a steady diet of manufactured meaning? How does our culture encourage us (or not) to find our purpose? How did we get here? How can we find our meaning as individuals and human beings? In the first hour long Prodigal, Larry traces the loss of meaning in American culture and what it means for us in our own pursuits. Definitely worth a listen.
Finally, Nicole and Larry come to their white whale. Like Garak, Dukat is a complex Cardassian full of rich history and questionable character traits. But in the final analysis is he worthy of the veneration he ascribes himself in his own mind or is he a broken down sociopath who deserves to be relegated to the firey chasm to which the Pah-Wraiths submerged him?
Live from the promenade we discuss. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a kanar, and enjoy the latest installment of Deep Space Vibes.