Author, Historian, Philosopher and Host of the Drunken Taoist Podcast, Daniele Bolelli joins us for another priapism-inducing talk!

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Why is it that when some people achieve monetary success and notoriety, one of their first moves is to cultivate some sort of bullshit persona?  I’m talking a VIP, tinted window, sunglasses on indoors set of behaviors.  What exactly is that?  I’ll tell you, it’s fear. A fear of being seen for the sham they’re truly afraid they are beneath the ever-fleeting glitz and “success” they’ve managed to brush up against.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for success and enjoying the fruits of your labor, but there seems to be an undeniable correlation between severe douchebaggery, fame and money. But, can we really blame people for being so eager to engage in ego masturbation? We live in a society that reinforces the importance of money, beauty, fame and status constantly. It’s drilled into our psyche with practically every image we view in the media from before we can even speak.

Despite humanity’s seemingly insatiable appetite for anything with the word “Kardashian” in it, I think we’re actually living in a time that’s far less conducive to mindless ego worship. Our increasingly interconnected web of digital consciousness has demystified celebrities to the point where any moderately intelligent person can see that the famous are really no different than anyone else. Furthermore, it’s become simple to actually shun the shit, and tailor our incoming information like never before. You can actually bring attention to the content you like AND stop looking at what you don’t. It’s a powerful thing.

That’s where today’s guest Daniele Bolelli comes in. He’s to polar opposite of a vacant, vapid, do-nothing celebrity.

If you didn’t catch our first, or second conversation with him, and you’re not familiar with his work, you should be. Not (just) because he’s the kick ass author of books like Create Your Own Religion and On the Warrior’s Path, or because he’s a professor of history and philosophy, but because he’s a humble, decent, kind and really goddamn interesting human being.

I vigorously encourage you to keep up with Daniele on Twitter and to check out his website!

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