Homophobic Slurs and Freedom

New podcast episode out!: Homophobic Slurs and Freedom

“The other weekend while I was in New York some random man said a homophobic slur at me for no reason. But I am not offended. In fact, I want to liberate him from his own oppression.

In this podcast I talk about Simone de Beauvoir’s concept of genuine freedom and how we can all approach life with a perspective of a common good.”

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Genuine Happiness

I think I can genuinely say I am at the happiest point in my life right now

And not because I am exorbitantly happy–no, I fully expect myself to experience higher points of happiness.

I am happy because I see myself going up. Up this rollercoaster called life, and up towards something I don’t even know what it looks like but it’s something I am building towards.

Magic. Investing. Writing. Podcasting. Living

Everything I’ve done is to create something meaningful

And the shape I’ve created is blurry, but I can already see it’s beautiful.

And I hope when it’s finally finished, when my creation is done, I’ll see happiness.

Simone de Beauvoir says that genuine freedom means willing freedom for all of humanity, not just yourself.

I think genuine happiness is the same.

Until I can be genuinely and completely happy, I want to share this happiness with other people first.

So let me get back into my workshop, and let me create. Let me work. Let me build happiness and cut it up into small chunks. Let me share it with you.

Thank you for everyone who comes to watch me perform magic. Especially today.

A lot of people tell me that when I perform magic, it lights up there day. What my audience doesn’t realize is that they do the same for me.

When one person’s happiness becomes your happiness–that’s genuine happiness. That’s what de Beauvoir was talking about, and I think I finally understand a little bit about her amazing philosophy.