Transcript of “Christian Life and Symbolic Living” by Jonathan Pageau

The church is always higher than everything else in the town. That’s not arbitrary. … It’s the highest thing so that you can see it from wherever you are. There’s one thing so that we can look in that direction, everybody in the town is reminded of what brings them together.

Here’s another transcript. Got most of it pieced together minus a few little bits.  Great lecture by Jonathan Pageau.  Continue reading “Transcript of “Christian Life and Symbolic Living” by Jonathan Pageau”

Study of Buddhism

“Everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention.”

I found a great book from my library catalog called Buddhism 101. It’s got simple, straightforward language and provides a complete survey of Buddhism. While it’s not a deep study, it would be a great starting point for those that interested in studying or practicing Buddhism. You can read this fairly quickly, then take your study to deeper levels once you find something that interests you. I took thorough notes on the section about Buddhist doctrine below. I wanted to internalize it for myself since I am thinking about practicing Buddhism. I need to have a basic knowledge to start with, and I plan on spending a lot more time learning about it. Continue reading “Study of Buddhism”

Transcript of “Joe Rogan Experience #1283 – Russell Brand”

Here’s another transcript. Started cleaning it up a little bit about half way through.  Great conversation between Joe Rogan and Russell Brand.  Continue reading “Transcript of “Joe Rogan Experience #1283 – Russell Brand””

The Value of Belief Systems

Beware of “missing the forest for the trees”.

I love YouTube’s transcript feature. It makes grabbing interesting quotes from speakers so much easier. Here is a transcript of the interview between Brett Weinstein and Rebel Wisdom about the recent Weinstein v. Dawkins debate in Chicago, with a quote from Brett that I found particularly interesting.  Continue reading “The Value of Belief Systems”

Church is a community that allows people to feel like they belong to a group that is also striving toward a common transcendental goal that matters.

–Ben Shapiro

Here’s my food for thought today: “It’s not just about being a member of a community, it’s about being a member of a community that is striving toward a common goal that is both transcendental and it matters.”

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The spirit and the dogma of a religious tradition are always in conflict, because on the one hand, dogma provides structure, and the spirit provides transformation.

– Jordan Peterson

I’m attempting to be more mindful about the podcasts/video that I’ve been consuming by taking high-level notes. I haven’t gotten to a point where I can start deconstructing, critiquing, applying to my life, or even taking an opinion on anything just yet, but I thought I’d use this space to take down notes. I have a feeling that after a while I (you) would probably start to see some themes that resonate. Continue reading “The spirit and the dogma of a religious tradition are always in conflict, because on the one hand, dogma provides structure, and the spirit provides transformation.”

Lectures on Personality by Jordan Peterson—#2 Mythological Representations

I’m hopelessly addicted to Jordan Peterson’s lectures. What follows is a distillation of some of the ideas that I’m hearing from him, and I can in no way take credit for any of these ideas. My way of processing information is to listen, take notes, and internalize the content. My goal is to be able to intelligently summarize these ideas for other people in conversation.  Continue reading “Lectures on Personality by Jordan Peterson—#2 Mythological Representations”

Strengthen the Individual

Smash every idea with as much intellectual strength as you can muster.

Jordan Peterson has been taking the internet by storm lately. Yes, he has had a long career as a professor and he’s spent a lot of time reading, thinking and developing his ideas, but it just seems like only lately he’s inserted himself into the limelight, and the internet is just EATING HIM UP–myself included. I find myself utter fascinated by his insights, but they’re so new and far from my usual thoughts, that I find it hard to internalize and summarize his ideas when telling other people about them. Continue reading “Strengthen the Individual”

Truths & Symbolism in Judaism & Christianity

“It’s not an easy thing to live in a truthful manner, but the alternative is hell.” —Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, author of “Maps of Meaning“, likes to retell old stories. It seems that the overarching objective of many of his interviews and lectures is to provide modern people with a more robust interpretation and deeper understanding of these stories so that they can be practically applied to each person’s life rather than dismissed as “silly” or “irrelevant”. In a sense, he is trying to draw out a map for people to navigate their “being” in the world.

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