Podcast Roundup: TikTok and Socrates

Yes! TikTok AND Socrates in the same post!

I don’t know why this post has been so hard to write up and get out to you today. I just keep coming back to it, staring, writing a word or two and then closing the laptop again.

I need a breakfast. Yoga first. Now I need a cup of coffee. A shower… now I’m hungry. Ugg. I just spent another half of an hour watching really cute reels on Instagram. But here I am, trying again.

Why not just skip it? I don’t want to. All three of these podcasts were great and I want to share them, so here it goes.

Feminine Chaos: TikTok Book Talk with Leigh Stein

This one made me think and argue out loud in the car, and in my scribbled notes, but I really had an epiphany here. As you probably know, I have a love/hate relationship with social media, especially when it comes to public posts. There are a couple of reasons, the biggest of which is talked about here in this podcast. Fear.

Sure, I could promote my posts, spend time gathering followers on different platforms, doing different things. I could be more vulnerable, post my heart, and get my message out there. Create a brand, as they say. What I say is that it “isn’t my bag,” that I’d rather focus on getting to people that want more than a picture, read more than only the headline of an article or the latest romance novel, but really? I’m afraid.

People on the internet, especially social media of all kinds have only proven to me day after day that they are not above mob violence in the comments on everyone else’s pages and posts. The more “popular” I become, the more likely I am to be attacked by them. I can’t deal with it, so I don’t put myself out there very much.

Leigh Stein ran into this recently when she wrote an article questioning the line between literature and entertainment. You know… those people that scoff at other people’s reading habits and those writers that write to be read. (I’m not above it. I’m still practicing to be a better human.)

You should have heard me in the car arguing with her out loud, and then hearing her out, coming to her side, and then realizing she had some great points. Yeah, I bought her book, and then… scary thought…

I got a TikTok account and searched for this “BookTok” she speaks of. Man… that’s some funny stuff! And so many books I didn’t even know existed. There are even people like me that like to read the old literature classics. You know what else I did because of this podcast? I bought a Colleen Hoover book, at Target! I know! Here I am, looking at people sideways when I haven’t even read one. It’s ridiculous.

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it ends with us and children of ragnarok book covers
Target books! 😀

Here’s my two cents: Can’t we all just get along? Seriously. Why do we treat each other so terribly on social media? Do you realize when you make a negative comment to a stranger online that you’re hurting another human being? Didn’t your mother ever tell you, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”?

Click the link to the podcast to find the links to the offending article. All of the drama online sound eerily similar to the Russian Revolution books I read, including my current read, A Gentleman in Moscow.

Master Your Relationship Mind Drama: Hypocritical Thinking in Relationships

I’m the queen of, “It’s ok for me, but not for you!” It mostly stems from mistrust and ego. I can handle this, you probably can’t. I do things for the RIGHT reasons, you… probably not. This podcast was a great reminder that I’ve come a long way, and that I still have work to do. I love Rebecca Ore because she doesn’t just talk about how we are wrong, she offers reasons for how we got there and ways to get out and feel better.

The Happiness Lab: Lessons of the Ancients – Socrates and Self-Knowledge

Yes, I say “So Crates” when I see “Socrates” because of Bill & Ted, and Laurie Santos referenced the movie when she interviewed Tamar Gendler about the teachings of Socrates. Excellent!

“We know less than we think we do.” Is a great way to start being a little happier. If we go around thinking we know what’s best everywhere, we end up believing we’re surrounded by morons, getting angrier and angrier, until we live in this world without compassion for another soul.

There was a fascinating bit here about our senses sending messages to our brain and how we attempt to make sense of it all a little too quickly. Like when you’re sitting in your car in the parking lot and the car next to you starts to back out, your eyes see movement and your body reacts as though you are moving forward.

This happens WAY more often than you think. Our senses send so much information to our brains every second of the day, and when are overloaded and stressed, thinking we have to react NOW, we make far more mistakes. I talked about slowing down and responding better in my last Podcast Roundup, and it came up again here.

We don’t really have direct access to reality, but we think we do, which causes quite a bit of stress. Our eyes see, our skin feels, our ears hear, sending all those signals to the brain. The brain, using several different systems, interprets the info, makes up some stories about it (sometimes conflicting cultural and biological systems), before our consciousness (asleep in the back) can take the reins and make an intelligent decision.

This is what Socrates called the “unexamined life.”

When I hear things like this, I wonder if that’s not the real problem we all have right now. We’re all so busy getting input, fighting threats, and making it through life, that we aren’t really living at all.

Yep, that “slow down” idea again. Hmm…

So, there it is, three podcasts this week. One that shifted my perspective, one that reminded me of the work I have to do, and one that made me stop and have a little compassion for those in the throes of life.

FYI: I try to link to the home website of any podcast I listen to, but all of them can be found on any podcast player. I use Castbox myself. Sometimes there is no website, so I try to link to something that you don’t have to sign up for or download to listen.

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