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GenYChron Ep. 0025 – Stoicism, suffering and individual responsibility

Show summary

We’re halfway through our Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos book review/discussion series. In this episode, we chat about how suffering is a part of the human condition and how we confront it using stoicism and individual responsibility (RULE 6 / Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world).

Show notes

0:48 – Can you ever “set your house in perfect order”?

2:56 – How some people retrospectively see their suffering as a learning opportunity

3:27 – The bathroom attendant story… what would you do?

10:46Leo Tolstoy’s nihilistic view on human existence and life… is it cowardly not to be vengeful and displeased with Being itself?

12:37 – Does RULE 6 conflict with RULE 8?

13:46 – Applied Stoicism can potentially help one avoid breaking RULE 6

14:55 – Dennis’ dilemma about Marcus Aurelius’ brand of Stoicism

18:38 – “Every person is too complex to know themselves completely, and we all contain wisdom that we cannot comprehend.” – Jordan B. Peterson

21:09 – We should all start assigning responsibility to individuals for their actions and not the groups or things they are associated with

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