Awakening from the Meaning Crisis (2019)

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We are in the midst of a mental health crisis. There are increases in anxiety disorders, depression, despair, and suicide rates are going up in North America, parts of Europe, and other parts of the world. This mental health crisis is itself due to and engaged with crises in the environment and the political system, those in turn are enmeshed within a deeper cultural historical crisis that I call "The Meaning Crisis". It's more and more pervasive throughout our lives. And there's a sense of drowning in this old ocean of bullshit. And we have to understand, why is this the case? And what can we do about it?

Today, there is an increase of people feeling very disconnected from themselves, from each other from the world from a viable and foreseeable future. Let's discuss this, let's work on it together, let's rationally reflect on it. Getting out of this problem is going to be tremendously difficult. It's going to require significant transformations in our cognition, our culture, and our communities. And in order to move forward in such a difficult manner, we have to reach more deeply into our past to salvage the resources we can for such an amazing challenge.

I'll be talking about a lot of people who have spoken in ways that will provide us the resources we need. We'll talk about ancient figures like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, Jesus of Nazareth, Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, but we'll also talk about modern pivotal figures. We'll talk about people like Carl Jung, we'll talk about Nietzsche. We'll talk about Heidegger. I want to bring all of this together in a coherent and clear fashion, so that together we can discover how to awaken from The Meaning Crisis. - John Vervaeke

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