(EF3) S1-E1: All Aboard the Experience Machine: Destination…Unknown (Season One, Episode One)

(EF3) S1-E1: All Aboard the Experience Machine: Destination…Unknown (Season One, Episode One)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD The journey to living a meaningful life can feel hopeless, like riding a train through the wilderness at night. But if there was an autopilot track that guaranteed a happy life, would you take it? Would this solve the nagging “What am I supposed to do” riddle? More...

What Am I Supposed To Do?

The big question driving Episode EF3 is… What am I supposed to do? You can’t say we get to choose if we want to live this life or not. One day you’re born, and that’s it – your journey starts with zero preparation. Life is like playing guitar in some super complex jazz band – you have to figure things out as you go. Thus, it’s natural we don’t know what the heck we’re doing, and we get lost. Should I go to college? Maybe pack my bags and travel? Should I leave everything behind and start fresh? Because really, what are you supposed to do?

There are only a few people born with the talent to play the guitar of life, but what about the rest of us? What should you do to get what you want? Even worse, what is that you want? Sometimes, life can be a big quiz that only has questions, but almost no answers. Nevertheless, the questions you ask are more valuable than you might think. It’s the constant questioning you do that moves you forward even when you feel glued to a single place. All you need to do is accept the ride.

Episode EF3 Summary

Jonathan finds himself forced between two paths: a meaningful life filled with risky choices, or a safe life full of regret. If only there were a way to make everything simple, like the life equivalent of an autopilot that steers the train through a secure, happy and perfect journey. He has just half a day, however, to find the solution to the puzzle we all face on a daily basis—What’s the right decision? 12 hours, millions of questions and no clear answer.

Is it even possible to make the “right” decision, especially when you’re being forced to make one? In this episode, we’ll find out what Buddhism has to say about this mysterious happiness that western society seems to be obsessed with finding. Jean-Paul Sartre, one of the most famous existentialist philosophers, felt we have a practical debt we owe to the world to be our highest selves. But what is the debt? And are you good for paying it back?

So is there an auto-pilot, golden ticket to all of our life’s problems? Or are all the shortcuts just a one-way ticket towards mental suicide, as Robert Nozick, another famous philosopher, described it? Either way, this existential train is leaving the station, so it’s time to decide if you’ll be on it or not when it does.

Into The Rabbit Hole

SHOW NOTES: This episode is dedicated to Robert Nozick. See the EF3 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more. 

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