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We’re expat Millennials from Canada and Germany who love to talk about the wonderfully eccentric era we live in. We often dive into stimulating issues such as personal development, philosophy, psychology and often compare the sometimes shockingly different mindsets in Europe versus North America. Our mission is to democratize knowledge by sharing underrated social, scientific and international viewpoints affecting us in the Information Era. - Dennis and Jasmin

Gen Y Chronicles Podcast Dennis Le Lacheur

    • Society & Culture

We’re expat Millennials from Canada and Germany who love to talk about the wonderfully eccentric era we live in. We often dive into stimulating issues such as personal development, philosophy, psychology and often compare the sometimes shockingly different mindsets in Europe versus North America. Our mission is to democratize knowledge by sharing underrated social, scientific and international viewpoints affecting us in the Information Era. - Dennis and Jasmin

    GenYChron Ep. 0026 – The forgotten meaning behind self-sacrifice

    GenYChron Ep. 0026 – The forgotten meaning behind self-sacrifice

    Show summary

    We discuss “RULE 7 / Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)”, from Jordan B. Peterson’s best-selling book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. In this episode, we examine self-sacrifice, the dangers of expediency and a hypothesis about why evil exists.





    Show notes

    2:00 - Viewing the Biblical stories through a psychological lens



    2:47 - Understanding sacrifice in a new way



    3:18 - What does “expedient” mean?



    6:37 - What happens when your sacrifice is rejected?



    9:10 - Sharing with your future self



    10:40 - “…the world is revealed to you through the template of your values.”



    12:28 - Is it OK to bring a child into a world full of danger and suffering?



    18:59 - Why does evil exist?



    22:09 - Is lying actually expedient?



    25:03 - Little lies are the seeds of totalitarian regimes

    • 33 min
    GenYChron Ep. 0025 – Stoicism, suffering and individual responsibility

    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?



    10:46 - Leo 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

    • 25 min
    GenYChron Ep. 0024 – Taming ferocious toddlers with Millennial discipline and smart rules

    GenYChron Ep. 0024 – Taming ferocious toddlers with Millennial discipline and smart rules

    Show summary

    We continue our commentary and discussion on Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, and in this episode we discuss socializing children out of the “terrible twos” and we review Dr. Peterson’s 5 disciplinary principles (RULE 5 / Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them).





    Show notes

    0:40 - “Two-year-olds, statistically speaking, are the most violent of people” (Peterson, J.B. & Flanders, J. (2005). Play and the regulation of aggression.)



    7:25 - The parent-friend problem



    10:25 - Undesirable social behaviour in children if uncorrected, may manifest into major anti-social behaviour later in life



    11:22 - “She was out to produce a little God-Emperor of the Universe.”



    13:28 - Disciplinary principle #1: “Limit the rules”



    16:08 - Disciplinary principle #2: “Use minimum necessary force”



    23:04 - Disciplinary principle #3: “Parents should come in pairs” (Amato, P.R. & Keith, B. (1991). Parental Divorce and the Well-Being of Children: A Meta-Analysis.)



    24:37 - Disciplinary principle #4: “Parents should understand their own capacity to be harsh, vengeful, arrogant, resentful, angry and deceitful”



    27:32 - Disciplinary principle #5: “Parents have a duty to act as proxies for the real world”

    • 31 min
    GenYChron Ep. 0023 – Crush your inner critic, shun envy and improve daily

    GenYChron Ep. 0023 – Crush your inner critic, shun envy and improve daily

    Show summary

    We continue our 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos miniseries, and this week we discuss the harm in excessive self-critical social media comparisons and the powerful concept of incremental self-improvement (RULE 4 / Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today).





    Show notes

    1:59 - Comparing yourself to others is a losing game; your inner critic always wins



    5:15 - Many social media platforms can drive internal criticism to unhealthy levels



    6:30 - Social media consumption is harming the next generation (The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt)



    8:01 - Envy blinds you from seeing what you really need in your life



    9:30 - The Monkey Business Illusion (YouTube viral video)



    11:02 - Incrementally improve yourself one day at a time--aim low



    14:55 - Don’t be a tyrant or a slave--negotiate with yourself



    21:11 - Darth Sidious, the postmodernist (YouTube clip)



    22:45 - The new #10yearchallenge

    • 27 min
    GenYChron Ep. 0022 – Exploring friendships: toxic, ideal and beyond

    GenYChron Ep. 0022 – Exploring friendships: toxic, ideal and beyond

    Show summary

    Welcome back to the 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos miniseries. In this episode we explore friendships—from toxic to ideal—while discussing the third rule of the book (RULE 3 / Make friends with people who want the best for you).





    Show notes

    1:50 - Small-town friends



    4:09 - Making friends who strive upwards and have goals



    6:04 - Helping friends who actually want to help themselves



    7:33 - “Friendships are reciprocal, it’s a relationship that’s beneficial for both people”



    10:41 - Making good friends is hard, but making bad friends is easy



    12:45 - Long-distance friendships can be tough



    13:46 - The “good news” challenge



    17:10 - Are you really the sum of the five friends you spend the most time with?



    20:27 - Is it okay if your friends don’t want you to change?



    21:48 - As an adult in a new city, it isn’t always easy to make new friends



    23:47 - RULE 3 is also important for marriages as well

    • 26 min
    GenYChron Ep. 0021 – Absent self-love in a world of chaos and order

    GenYChron Ep. 0021 – Absent self-love in a world of chaos and order

    Show summary

    We continue our discussion of Jordan Peterson’s best-selling book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. This week we provide commentary on the second rule of the book (RULE 2 / Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping).





    Show notes

    0:14 - “The best-selling Canadian author of 2018”



    1:05 - Why do so many people stop taking their prescribed medication? (Article about medication non-adherence)



    2:29 - Does Jordan Peterson's reasoning for RULE 2 actually make any sense?



    7:07 - My hypothesis regarding why people don’t treat themselves like someone they are responsible for helping



    9:55 - “We are often unaware that we are important to other people”



    13:38 - Don’t concentrate on doing only things that make you happy, but concentrate on doing things that are actually good for you



    15:23 - “Between you and me, who’s the ‘order’ in our relationship, and who's the ‘chaos’”?



    17:57 - Channeling your “dark side” to fuel your assertiveness



    27:04 - The importance of having a vision and a direction in your life

    • 30 min

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