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MentorBox Podcast

Mar 30, 2018

"As much as you want to believe that you aren’t part of the world when you say the world is full of liars and thieves, you are in fact part of that world. Skepticism of the world leads to skepticism of self."

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It’s easy to be skeptical of the world.

With news headlines focusing on the negative and our social media accounts only broadcasting the positive, it’s difficult to accurately gauge the world around us. So, we place a skeptical lens in front of our eyes to keep the mystery at bay. The byproduct of this is that we become closed off to understanding the people around us and more importantly, understanding ourselves.

That’s why on today’s episode of The MentorBox Podcast, we are discussing skepticism. Whether you feel you’re too skeptical or not skeptical enough, this lesson dives deep into the nuances of the very tricky concept. While we need skepticism to survive precarious situations, a  surplus of skepticism will ruin your life. At its core, skepticism is reactionary, so tune into today’s teachings to learn the mechanics to make sure you’re reacting from a healthy and valid place.

"We must be skeptical to survive precarious situations. But we also mustn’t use that skepticism as a sword against trust, vulnerability, and positivity."

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Be sure your skepticism is practical, not just for philosophy class
  • There is validity to skepticism, that it’s healthy and important to make sure you’re not being taken advantage of
  • At its worst, skepticism is a sickness that will ruin your life
  • Skepticism of the world leads to skepticism of self
  • Don’t use skepticism as a sword against trust, vulnerability, and positivity
  • Understand that balancing the yin and yang of skepticism is very difficult
  • Power is the medicine that trumps skepticism
  • Skepticism, at its core, is reactionary
    • It assumes you are so unable to discern actual threat from creative threat that you might as well assume the worst
  • When you become powerful, the conversation around the world being good vs. evil becomes irrelevant
  • Microanalyzing others’ intentions is, at the end of the day, an irrelevant conversation