Our culture is intellectually broken. This might not seem important to most people. It might not even seem interesting. But if you can tell that we are somehow off course — in ways that are both large and small — you need to understand that we’re off course because terrible ideas dominate the culture.
You and I weren’t adequately educated about ideas when we were young. I assume your education was similar to my own. I thought I was pretty bright simply because I was always ahead of my peer group in discovering information that schools rarely taught. But when I became an adult, I discovered that there were fundamental holes in my intellectual foundation. This is almost certainly true of you, too, unless you have gone back and educated yourself.
It’s time for us to stop accepting the idiocy that we are handed by a shallow culture. But until we understand why ideas matter, it’s impossible to know where to start in understanding what’s really happening in a broken and dysfunctional modern culture.
(Some of you might notice that this is an updated version of something I shared last year before I started this podcast.)