Gen Y Chronicles Podcast

GenYChron Ep. 0025 – Stoicism, suffering and individual responsibility



Show summary We’re halfway through our Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos book review/discussion series. In this episode, we chat about how suffering is a part of the human condition and how we confront it using stoicism and individual responsibility (RULE 6 / Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world). Show notes 0:48 - Can you ever “set your house in perfect order”? 2:56 - How some people retrospectively see their suffering as a learning opportunity 3:27 - The bathroom attendant story… what would you do? 10:46 - Leo Tolstoy’s nihilistic view on human existence and life… is it cowardly not to be vengeful and displeased with Being itself? 12:37 - Does RULE 6 conflict with RULE 8? 13:46 - Applied Stoicism can potentially help one avoid breaking RULE 6 14:55 - Dennis’ dilemma about Marcus Aurelius’ brand of Stoicism 18:38 - “Every person is too complex to know themselves completely, and we all contain wisdom that we cannot comprehend.” - Jordan B. Peterson