Kurt Vonnegut

DEDICATION: Episode EF10 is dedicated to Kurt Vonnegut, a writer whose mystery came out of his unordinary “normality” and “averageness”. Despite his work is filled with irony about the harsh reality of life, his writing somehow always manages to make people smile and see the positive in tomorrow.

EF10 Show Notes

This episode is dedicated to Kurt Vonnegut. See the EF10 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more.

(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

EF10 (S1-E8): The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering

Coming from a wealthy family, most others would only dream of the life Alex leads. Every moment is another silver platter where he is handed all the best education, can have his pick of expensive items and to experience seemingly infinite joys. Although grateful for everything, Alex can’t shake the reality he isn’t happy or fulfilled by any of this at all—nor could he really even define what happiness would look like for him. But why? What could possibly be missing when having everything you want? “It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.” This trite expression is one of the modern favorites in a bin of overused cliches we tell ourselves when we start to lack that next hit of happiness. But is it really trite or just misunderstood? Being a cliche doesn’t necessarily make something wrong. Instead, that comes when we don’t actually change things in order to live by the message of such wise life lessons. From Ancient India and Greece, to modern Western Culture, we can find countless theories on what happiness is and how to attain it. So why is our ability to attain it no better today—and, by some measures, on the decline—even after thousands of years of intellectual progress?

(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF10) Season One, Episode Eight Teaser: Embracing the Cliché

Season One, Episode Eight: Even though today’s world is obsessed with happiness, many measures would indicate it’s attainment is on the decline. What if happiness isn’t a lovely, attainable destination, but instead, a journey of learning to embrace day-to-day suffering? And does happiness define the good anyway? (EF10)

(EF9) S1-E7: I Feel Therefore I am Capsized on the River Emotion The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF9) A Bad Deal

(EF9) We often find ourselves with a lack of intelligence and an abundance of easily exploited emotions — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Seven)

(EF9) S1-E7: I Feel Therefore I am Capsized on the River Emotion The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF9) One Drop at a Time

(EF9) It’s all the prior actions that precipitate the moment when your cup finally spills over — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Seven)

(EF9) S1-E7: I Feel Therefore I am Capsized on the River Emotion The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF9) The Lesser of Evils

(EF9) A person wallowing in grief is like a stranded fish that doesn’t feel like going back in the river called life–but grasping for oxygen isn’t much better. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Seven)

(EF9) S1-E7: I Feel Therefore I am Capsized on the River Emotion The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF9) Emotional Intelligence

(EF9) It doesn’t matter if it’s a positive or a negative emotion; each plays a huge role in your decision making — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Seven)