Buckminster Fuller's advice for building a better world was
to create a new model that makes the old model obsolete, and the Parallel Society podcast is dedicated to just that. We cover
cryptocurrency, biohacking, private space flight, homeschooling and much more.
"Shame," wrote psychologist Silvan Tomkins, "strikes deepest into the heart of man... it is felt as a sickness of the soul which leaves man naked, defeated, alienated, and lacking in dignity."
Shame is the great barrier that keeps people from acting as individuals and from expanding beyond a minimum-energy state. The expectation of shame is paralyzing to the vast majority of humans at some points of their life, and to some more frequently than others. Many people have spent their lives seeking shame-avoidance positions.
All of this is a horrific waste, and in this podcast, we take it on.
Why Dropping Out And Running Away Are Virtuous
The idea that running away is a virtue bothers a lot of people, but when you that find the greatest men and women of history have done precisely this, it’s time to re-evaluate, no matter how it makes you feel.
Compliance is how we shrivel and ultimately die to ourselves. Acting on your own decisions – with all the risk that implies – is the path of life and liberation.
Was There A Real Jesus? And If So, What Did He Really Say?
Due to the number of questions I've received about Jesus, I thought it was fitting to produce a podcast on these subjects.
People addressing this material, from whatever angle, tend to have fiercely held opinions and to cherry pick facts to support their opinion. I won't do that, and I think that opens a fascinating subject to us.
The Serfdom State of Mind
Serfdom was... and is... a state of mind far more than an economic or social position.
The Serfdom State of Mind focuses on the desire for safety and security... of remaining clear of blame... to the detriment of self-reliance and living as a free and independent moral agent.
Everyone enjoys safety, of course, but to place placidity above life itself is a grave error, and lies at the root of serfdom.
Lèse-Majesté And The Necessity of Idolatry
Lèse-Majesté, an offense against the dignity of a ruler, is a little used but very important concept. And it is the central crime that cannot be tolerated by the ruler.
Lèse-Majesté stands against the concept of free speech, of course, but when push comes to shove, necessities stand above the law, and lèse-Majesté is a necessity to rulers.
As we examine in this podcast, lèse-Majesté is crucial for the legitimacy of the ruler (without legitimacy the whole structure of rulership would fail), and is crucial to what I call "applied idolatry" in our world.
The World Is Wrong
Here is something that was thrown in my face at a relatively early age, as I began to think seriously and independently: So, the world is wrong and you’re right!?
But as it happened, I was more or less right. And very definitely the world was wrong.
The hierarchies of the world are trying to freeze everything and everyone in place. That means they will always be wrong. Even when they say the right things – like “murder is bad” – they’ll always be doing it for twisted reasons, with twisting effects...
Bold, yet calm
This podcast is a breath of fresh air. Paul manages to bring deep ideas into a fascinating and seemingly light conversation without talking down to the listener. His ability to engage a broad range of topics while strengthening the underlying theme of liberty is like an adventure that trails off into the future.
I look forward to every new episode!
A lovely and good podcast
This podcast is a good, kind, nice and basically uplifting series of insets into life that are well thought out and well put.
I find each episode to be comforting, intriguing, and good for the sole.