Exchanging Ideas From Different Viewpoints

Come listen to an interesting conversation. It’s a rare treat.

Except for both hosting podcasts, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and Joe Rogan could not be more different on the outside, the side that popular opinion says is more important the the inside.

still shot of Jordan Peterson lecture “Auckland Clip 1: The Presumption of Innocence”

Dr. Jordan Peterson is a Canadian psychologist, professor, and author of 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos. He is also the power behind ThinkSpot, a new censorship-free communication platform that shows public annotations of video and text. His thoughtful, halting manner of speaking and honest concerns over social, educational, and political developments in the world are compelling to thousands of fans

image from Maxim article “Joe Rogan On Why Working Out Is Like Building A Sand Castle”

Joe Rogan hosts The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, does stand-up comedy, and is a commentator for UFC. Previously, he was an MMA fighter, judo champion, and former Fear Factor host.

Why it matters

-screen shot from Best of the Week – June 23, 2019 – Joe Rogan Experience on YouTube.

We are told that these two men should have nothing to talk about and should defend their identities with fists and snarling. Why? Says who? Who says they can’t talk about their kids, the business of podcasting, or the challenge of creating and finding your own way when everything tells you to fit into pre-formed molds. To shut up and sit down.

They are better for their relationship and you will be too. Find a way to connect and add value to your world.

Connect, consider, matter

We are all a part of something bigger. Connecting with others helps us discover how we fit into this life. Image by pxhere

It’s important to talk to people who are different from you and ask:

  • Why did you make that choice?
  • Why is that important to you?
  • What do you fear?
  • What are you hopeful for?
  • What are you proud of?

We are all connected, whether we like each other or not. Our interdependence is made clearer with technology and the speed of communication. Dividing ourselves with superficial wedges only makes it harder to co-exist on our tiny planet on which everything is a cycle – of nature, of science, of money, and of love.

Go talk to someone new: the mailman, the guy fixing your car, the neighbor at the end of the block. Or, talk to someone familiar: a teacher, a brother, your child. Each time you make or revitalize a connection, you underline the part you play in each other’s lives and come closer to discovering the why of your meeting at this moment.

Your Turn

Who did you talk to today? What did you learn?

Featured image by jackmac34 on pixabay.

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