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.
The Futility And Disaster of The Magic Fix
Humanity is afflicted with a desire for a magic fix to its problems. And that desire, if it’s allowed to fester, soon enough becomes a demand for a magic fix for their problems… and particularly to problems they fixate upon. That much was obvious in the rise of Hitler, in the sale of socialism to the oppressed people of Eastern Europe, and in other disasters. But it goes even further, afflicting nearly the whole of mankind on a continuing basis.
The Breaking Dawn
Book One, Segment 1
The Unmentionable Freedom
Back when Western civilization still had a foothold in the public square, people paid attention to the freedom of belief, the freedom to choose a career, and the freedom to speak one’s mind. All good and necessary things, of course, but there was one freedom that they dared not mention… dared not consider. And that’s the one I’ll cover today: Political freedom... the ability to choose how we will be governed, if we wish to be governed at all.
The Neutering of Our Passions And The Reclaiming of Our Passions
Passion, in our time, is badly misunderstood. And so I suppose I should start by saying that I’m not talking about the human sex drive, though that, though the truth is that as you choke passion proper, sexual passion tends to be choked along with it.
Let’s begin with this: We express passion – real passion – when we make things sacred to ourselves; when we erect borders to protect things we care deeply about... when we say “This is mine, and no one else is permitted to come in, unless I invite them in.”
Jesus' Lost Philosophy
It would be hard to overstate how important I think this is, and not just for Christians… I think it’s applicable and essential for every human.
This concept is deeply radical – if it doesn’t jar you, you probably haven’t grasped it – and at the same time it’s deeply transformational. I know that once I wrapped my mind around it, one important understanding after another followed behind it.
And so I very much want you to grasp this. This philosophy that Jesus left us – not a theology, but a philosophy – stands ready to revolutionize human life. People just need to see it… to allow themselves to retain it… and then to face the terrifying prospect of taking it seriously.
"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.
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.