012: “Purpose and Peace”



012: “Purpose and Peace”

Dave grapples with the implications of his finite nature and what it means for how he should live his life. How do we find the deepest levels of purpose and meaning, and how do they relate to achievement? Is there a universality to meaning and purpose, and how do we get there? Are religious answers to these questions oversimplified, especially in our post-Enlightenment world? How does this relate to meditation/prayer and the way we choose to conceptualize God?


011: “Social Media, Smartphones, and the Attention Economy”



011: “Social Media, Smartphones, and the Attention Economy”

Mike outs Dave for not using social media, and the guys discuss the best ways to use Facebook and other apps. How do we best navigate our social relationships and social situations using current technology? Is technology keeping us from being fully present? How is our technology use affecting us emotionally? When and how should we refrain from smartphones use?


010: “Maximizing Rest”



010: “Maximizing Rest”

How do we balance the need for productivity with the need for rest? What causes us to get into “funks”? What role does rest play in creating our best self? Where do we find the motivation to get out of a “funk”? How do we regain our perspective and remember our values? How do we use both physical and spiritual rest to keep the “funk” away?


009: “My One Body”



009: “My One Body”

Mike gives a nutrition and weight-loss update, and the guys discuss how our attitudes about weight and eating should continue to change. What should post-diet, “normal” eating habits look like? How do we explain healthy eating habits to our kids? How do we combat the societal notion that we don’t have control over our weight and appearance?


008: “What to do with all your stuff”



008: “What to do with all your stuff”

The guys discuss Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things. How do we re-envision our living space and our attitudes about our belongings? How could we reduce our number of clothes, our children’s toys, etc.? How do we reconcile minimalism and gift-giving? How do we deal with social pressures to have more things? To what extent should we borrow/share rather purchase?


007: “Gender Roles & Parenting”



007: “Gender Roles & Parenting”

Why do some people assume dads are inept parents? How do kids learn gender norms, and how/should we teach gender norms and expectations to our kids? What qualities are “masculine” and “feminine” in modern American society and media, and what separates the two? Should we treat our sons & daughters differently from each other?


006: “How We Understand God”



006: “How We Understand God”

Why believe in the Christian conceptualization of God? The guys talk about their different personal faiths as well as the positives and negatives of religious institutions. How do we approach traditional religious texts? Does God intervene in our lives? How do we meditate/pray?


005: “A Household in Good Order”



005: “A Household in Good Order”

Mike confesses his struggles with keeping his daily living and home life in good order. How do we set daily goals and routines to actually accomplish all the tasks and chores that need to be done? How do we maximize our time outside of work? What “work” can we assign to our children, and how can we teach them these habits? How do we find balance between chores and family time? What’s the first step to getting our house in good order?


004: “Is Religion Worth Discussing?”



004: “Is Religion Worth Discussing?”

Why don’t we talk openly and honestly about our personal spirituality more often? Dave shares how the lack of open discussion on important topics led him away from church, and the guys discuss to what extent we should be open to discussing and changing our spiritual practices. Can Christians and non-Christians talk honestly about their faiths together? How should we view other religions? What should we teach our children?