In Love & Understanding, the goal is wisdom. John Driggs, the show's host, is interested in building a personal and secular spiritual life - one that is grounded in honesty, humility, science, reason, meditation, reflection, contemplation, and compassion. John wants you to know yourself, to love yourself, to embody yourself fully. He wants you to learn to walk your own path in peace.
Topics covered in this podcast include ancient wisdom traditions, religion, moral philosophy, epistemology, reason and rationality, meditation and contemplative practices, consciousness, the life and physical sciences, art, poetry, literature, society, politics, law, communication, relationships, family, parenting, pedagogy, and many more topics.
For John's free meditations, please see The Space of Possibility.
In this episode, John shares a personal reflection on gratitude.
In this episode, we'll continue our exploration of the question of good and evil by examining Plato's political and moral theory of tyranny. We will then contrast this to the political theory of Athens, under the leadership of Pericles, which we learned about in the last episode titled "Who Decides What Is Right & Wrong?".
Who Decides What is Good & Evil?
In this episode, we will explore the foundation of our morality. We've seen how the Greeks came to better understand the physical world, as well as things like happiness. But we haven't asked if and how we can come to better understand our own morality. How do we know what is right and wrong or good and evil?
In this episode, John explores the topic of friendship. In his commitment to meet death for a year, one of the main insights he has gathered is that, when we imagine ourselves looking back on our lives from our deathbed, what matters most is our relationships. He then reflects on one of his most influential relationships.
The Art of Self-Inquiry
In this episode, we explore the self. First, we'll examine the self through a conceptual investigation. And then, to end the episode, we'll look directly at our own experience to see who or what knows.
Concepts, Words, & Things
In this episode, we'll continue our exploration of epistemology by seeking to understand the nature of concepts or universals. Primarily, we'll wade through Aristotle's epistemological response to Socrates and Plato to unravel the dangers of seeking certainty.
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Fantastic podcast! Love the in depth explanation of a practice that is followed by the practical application of incorporating it into your life.
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A very thoughtful podcast! I’ve learned so much!