“If You’re Still Trying to Be Rational Now, You’re Crazy"
I don’t want to debate you. Or here why candidate A is better than Candidate B.
I want to finish my next book, go on stage, do comedy, interview people.
And live my life.
That’s (one of the reasons) why I don’t watch the news. And haven’t for two decades.
Because “being informed” doesn’t really mean anything.
It doesn’t make my life better.
“There’s a complete disconnect between happiness and knowledge,” Tim Dillon said. “The happiest people I know are not informed. Ignorance is, to an extent, bliss. I mean if you find out the way the world works, I don’t know that you’re going to be happier or better for it. And there are things I wish I didn’t know…”
“Like what?” I asked.
We talked about JFK’s assassination, elections, entrapments, government experiments… but Tim made it funny.
That’s his job.
He even said, “As a comedian, the baseline of my job is to say, ‘This seems odd.'”
Then he gave me an example.
He goes home for the holidays. And he’s hearing his family debate the election. Then he says, “You didn’t know who Elizabeth Warren was 6 months ago… And now she’s either your God or the worst person you’ve ever seen. Isn’t that interesting? That your entire experience on Earth is being programmed like a TV network? Here are the stars. Here are their storylines. And you’re going to react exactly the way we knew you would.”
We all think we know why we’re doing something. But do we really?
And should we want to?
Tim and I debate this on today’s episode. We also talk about the reason why people get stuck in dead-end jobs or dead-end relationships. How to get out. And how to question your own line of thinking.
This is the first step to mental freedom… questioning. Observing. And choosing to opt-in. Or opt-out.
Topics from this episode:
- 0:00| Intro
- 3:04 | Why I don’t trust the news.
- 4:48 | We dig into conspiracy theories.
- 7:25 | What we think about the Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy
- 12:20 | Why it’s getting harder and harder to be informed.
- 13:33 | Tim says, “There are things I wish I didn’t know…” I ask why.
- 16:15 | How paying attention the narrative makes you see through the news.
- 16:50 | We discuss Mayor Pete Buttigieg. And why he’s scary
- 17:57 | Why politics is a game… and how it tricks most of society
- 21:50 | We dig back into the Jeffery Epstein conspiracy… and question why he was let off the hook 12 years ago
- 23:55 | The process of how Tim Dillon makes fun of the world’s chaos
- 26:56 | “To be funny, I reserve the right to not make sense.” – Tim Dillon
- 28:22 | Ask why.
- 29:27 | How politicians make their millions.
- 31:40 | How Trump got elected
- 35:06 | What I like and don’t like about Andrew Yang. We break down his thoughts on automation, universal basic income, student loan debt, the job market, etc.
- 46:15 | How to develop a strong point of view. And turn it into comedy
- 46:35 | The problem with telling everyone they should be their own boss
- 52:35 | I tell Tim what was wrong with going to Tai Lopez’s house
- 56:40 | The difference between selling information and ideas
- 59:28 | Why Tim Dillon makes fun of Gary Vaynerchuk… “I have to call out things that are funny. It’s funny to have someone all day tell you to hustle or grind. It’s especially funny when there is no mental healthcare in the country and that’s all you get. All you get is a guy on Instagram telling you to hustle. That’s funny to me. It’s kooky.” – Tim Dillon
- 1:01:18 | How the government used psychedelic drugs to try to shift the way people think
- 1:02:50 | We talk the weirdest facts related to the assassination of JFK
- 1:06:55 | We talk about entrapment… and what’s odd about the Boston Marathon bombing
- 1:11:06 | The solution to dealing with scary conspiracies
- 1:12:00 | The only voices we can trust in news…
- 1:13:10 | How politics impact the market… and who’s benefiting behind the scenes
- 1:15:49 | When will the college bubble burst?
- 1:18:44 | I ask Tim about the current landscape of being a comedian. What platforms do you need to be on to “make it?”
- 1:24:00 | How to figure out if you have a worth or viewpoint worth sharing
- 1:34:44| How Tim deals with his family’s reactions to his comedy
- 1:36:25 | I tell Tim my career transition into writing
- 1:38:54 | What makes creating in New York different from creating in California
- 1:43:00 | Don’t pander. The importance of authenticity… and taking a strong stance
- 1:45:35 | The first time Tim ever turned his opinion into art
- 1:49:08 | Outro
Quotes from this episode:
“There’s a complete disconnect between happiness and knowledge.” – Tim Dillon
“History is written by the 1% of winners who have a very specific agenda to get their narrative of the events on top of all the other news with different perspectives.” – James Altucher
“The happiest people I know are not informed. Ignorance is, to an extent, bliss. I mean if you find out the way the world works, I don’t know that you’re going to be happier or better for it ” – Tim Dillon
“The ship is headed towards the iceberg and we all see the iceberg, but we can’t do anything about it.” – Tim
“If you’re still trying to be rational now, you’re crazy.” – Tim Dillon
“That’s the big rabbit hole. The rabbit hole is just the question why?” – Tim Dillon
“As a comedian, the baseline of my job is to say, ‘This seems odd.'” – Tim Dillon
“We’ve taxed a lot of people. Rarely does it end up in the hands of people who need it.” – Tim Dillon
“If you find out the way the world works, I don’t know if you’re going to be happier or better for it.” – Tim Dillon
Links & Resources
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