Ever find yourself dragged down or enmeshed by the negativity of the people around you? Does misfortune rain on their heads with implausible regularity? In this episode we deconstruct who these people are and how you can avoid their corrosive influence in your personal and professional life. This Law is the more intelligent and effective way to ‘upgrade your peergroup’, but Jon and Dre also set about redesigning society from the ground up; discussing the brainwashing effects of western society; the BS of unpaid internships; and why you should stop trying to be happy all the time.
This Episode includes:
- Whose frequencies are you (un)consciously tuning yourself to?
- The toxic and desperate world of academia
- Getting sucked into the seductive yet destruction maelstrom of other people’s lives
- The ‘If I ain’t fucking ya’ Rule
- What to do when you find yourself trapped in a real-life Soap Opera
- Getting trapped in a world of heightened emotions
- Why actions always matter more than words, even when the words are true
- The importance of personal honour and why it should matter more in the modern world
- How we’re conditioned to be risk-averse… and why that’s killing your power in every sphere
- Debating the significance of a guaranteed Universal Basic Income
- How long would it really take to get your life back if you just chucked it all in and tried something new?
- Accepting offers at face value, or deal with the spiralling emotional consequences
- Why you should avoid the goody-two-shoes who get off on virtue signalling and being recreationally offended
- The absurd but widespread sense that we have to justify our existence
- Why you should stop trying to be happy: it’s an addiction
- Killing the Buddha if you meet him
- Why we need humour – the darker the better
Mentioned in the Episode:
- Geoff Thompson’s work and background, and his interviews (one and two) on London Real.
- The tuning fork experiment – one makes another resonate in identical fashion
- The insider world of The Oxford Union
- Wikipedia description of a Universal Basic Income
- The episode of The Journey Podcast Jon mentioned
- Neil Strauss’s superb new book, The Truth
- The related title by Pia Mellody, Facing Codependence
- Are our Misanthrotees shirts transgressing the Law, or sticking a pin in the pretensions of the earnestly unhappy?
- Jon Ronson’s book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
- Endless food for thought (as well as shenanigans) from Joe Rogan
- The dark humour of Frankie Boyle
- Jon was just about right: it was Wittgenstein, but he didn’t propose a history composed entirely of jokes, it was a work of philosophy: ‘A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.’
- The amazing chocolate and whiskey makers Jon mentioned, Cacao Prieto in Red Hook, Brooklyn
- Baltasar Gracián’s superb The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence
Join us as we continue our exploration of Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling study of The 48 Laws of Power, in which he lays bare the history, practice, psychology, and philosophies of power that ultimately shape all human relations. Often seen as a handbook for the ‘modern Machiavelli’, we take a closer look, beyond the hyperbole, and discuss how understanding and implementing these Laws can actually enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.
Jon and Dre aim to get to the heart of each of the Laws, grapple with their sometimes disturbingly amoral nature, and discuss what the Laws mean in everyday life (often revealing their own experiences – good and bad – when they’ve either observed or transgressed them).
Each of these original T-Shirts includes an elegantly presented quotation illustrating the Law.
Law 10: ‘Do not consort with fools, especially those who consider themselves wise’ – Kai Ka’us Ibn Iskandar (11th Century)