You Will Be Judged (Podcast)

This is a crucial moment.  You will be judged by how you conduct yourself over the next few months.  As for philosophy, you want to talk the talk, but have you really internalized the messages of the philosophers?  We discuss shipwrecks in the ancient world, some lessons from the movie The Edge, and the crucial importance of maintaining a rigorous, disciplined schedule.  More than ever before, you have to be self-starter.  Your time is now.  You will not fail, because we will not permit you to fail.



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Read more in the fully annotated translation of Cicero’s Stoic Paradoxes, which also contains Cicero’s inspiring essay The Dream of Scipio:

5 thoughts on “You Will Be Judged (Podcast)

  1. These casts have been on fire lately. Very helpful. Just two weeks ago I (basically untrained) had signed up for the gym, gotten a session with a PT to set a schedule, etc. and next thing you know the lockdown happens and all gyms are closed and I’m working from home. Should have seen it coming of course.

    I spent a week adjusting to the new situation, doing little to no training, for shame. Now I’m finally starting on circuits of simple bodyweight exercises at home. This podcast specifically helped me pull through the third and last circuit, but the physical capability was within me all along.

    For a long time I’ve been in the trap of “struggling for motivation”, as if some kind of spark can move me to do something that I don’t want to do. Turning this around is a wake-up call. You take action, it feels good or challenging, and that motivates you to take more action.

    As I mentioned in response to one of your tweets, this period is when all the magic happens. This is what it all comes down to. The first existential crisis for Western civilisation (one can argue whether it’s the virus itself or the response to it, but the effect is much the same) in ages. The end of decades of upwards prosperity and development. I don’t want to downplay the last recession or economic troubles from before that, but for example in 2008, many young guys were in college and went into the workforce during the recovery. I don’t want to downplay something like 9/11 either, but it never led to half the world shutting down, as terrible as the event itself was. For the first time, there is a crisis that hits the majority of us personally and beyond the purely financial.

    These are the times when people spend days in their homes plus perhaps a few runs or shopping trips, but otherwise watched by no-one but God, held accountable by no-one but themselves. This is the time when (if you’re modestly prepared) you can eat comfortably while others are fighting over bog roll. This is the time when you tell your girlfriend that you can’t see her because you’ve had flu symptoms in the past week.

    But it’s also the time (with no commutes and inevitably less productivity even if you work from home) for development. Depending on the situation, many will cut 30 to 120 minutes of commute from their schedules. What excuse is there now to not exercise, practise a language, read the backlog of unfinished books, watch great films and documentaries (I’m rewatching Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation), or whatever else one can think of?

    Even if people can’t see what you’re doing now, they will know you by the fruits of your decisions in 30-60 days’ time. I have reconciled myself with this reality now. Let’s do this.


  2. “I feel aimless and don’t know what to do.”

    I’m reminded of the scene in the Godfather, Don Corleone slaps him upside his head and says ” You can be a man!”


  3. First, thank you for your answer to my question in the podcast “Why do I feel regret?”; it was on point.

    This again is a good and timely podcast. I don’t understand why “guys” are complaining so much about this lockdown. At least in the UK you are still allowed to leave your house to go e.g. shopping and once a day for exercise. Personally, I am writing a paper, exercise for one hour, read for one hour, listen to a podcast; there is plenty to do. If one can’t spend time with oneself, then one should be spending time with oneself.

    And in the back of my mind there is always a story my grandfather told me. As a German soldier during WW2 he escaped a Russian prison camp. Eating fat he collected from his rations, on occasion having to drink his own urine. That’s hardship, that’s isolation.

    All but nearly forgotten lessons…


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