In this episode Nicolas ponders their idolization of the late 60s and early 70s. Their core question ends up being why did former participants of the counterculture movement and former members of the Occupy movement largely move on to adapt to mainstream culture? ( sorry boomers and millennials but we may have more in common than we think if this turns out to be just another element of the human condition)
In this episode Nicolas wonder what makes one virtuous. Their conclusion is that the ultimate achievements or failures in one’s life can only be judged posthumously and that the struggles and strife one goes through in life build the charter necessary to be judged.
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.