Following the frustrating attempt the understand knowledge as a form of escape, Nicolas begins to explore eastern thought. As they do this, they also acknowledge and breakdown the various components of their life
In this episode Nicolas attempts to take the next step from the last episode by searching for the definition of knowledge. Finding nothing definitive, they go through their understanding of the concept and its limits. Once again they find that their efforts fruitless. Further, they discover that their efforts have in fact represented an attempt to escape their reality.
In this episode Nicolas ponder whether new ideas are possible. And, if they are why they search for new ideas by looking at old ideas. They also ponder their mental cycles and wonder if there isn’t some way to embrace them rather than fight them or try to fix them.
In this episode Nicolas realizes that their pursuit of knowledge and truth went too far and may in fact have been a manic episode/high energy state. They talk about the steps they are taking to rectify the situation and use their support system.
In this episode Nicolas indulges in some academic philosophical thinking by laying out their ideal government (direct democracy with socialist values). They then point out all the problems and land in a somewhat hopeful nowhere
In this episode Nicolas takes the time to examine reformists thinking from FDR to Bernie Sanders. Ultimately they conclude that reformist thinking is a dead end. Much as they might want to believe in it.
In this episode Nicolas tries to slow down their thinking worried that they may be in a high energy state. They also express the desire to hold salons as a way of checking their thinking and externalizing.
In this episode Nicolas attempts to crystallize the philosophical difference between liberals and leftists. Upon doing this they realize that supporting Bernie Sanders requires a sacrifice of their core beliefs. A realization that must be explored on another episode due to server space limitations