DAILY VIDEOS from THE TOM HENRY SHOW

Ladies, gents...

As of last week I've started a series of daily, 2 minute 20 second (the maximum length allowed) videos on my Twitter.

Topics will be for the most part current events - political and cultural.  But I will branch out into whatever takes my facy, be it philosophy, art, living in general... You get the drift right?

I'm only promising every weekday... Give myself the option of a day or two off.  Though I imagine I'll be uploading on weekends more often than not.

I'll do a weekly post here at thetomhenryshow.com for those of you without Twitter, and to keep an archive.

Also, feel free to send in ideas, articles, or something you feel should be covered.

Cheers!

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Episode Excerpts: “Entertainment: West’s Downfall?"


“Entertainment: West’s Downfall?"

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Excerpts:

“A lot can be learned about our culture if you look at entertainment as more of a drug than a technology.  That’s how its being used - as a drug - for people to have more control over their psychological and bodily states.“

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“Our bodies are not hardwired for us top feel fulfillment when we engage in short-term, instantly-gratifying activities.  It’s not how we got here. We got here… by feeling fulfillment when you work really hard at something, and you set a lofty goal, and you struggle, and you persevere, and you battle, and you go through hardship and suffer, and then you either succeed… or there is a hope of success in front of you.  THAT is fulfillment.  Fulfillment, contentment and satisfaction… was at the end of the day having enough food for your family to eat, and having enough shelter to get through the winter.  There was your fulfillment.  Nowhere in history have we expected to be rewarded for doing such mundane and at the end of the day, trivial, activities.  People didn’t expect dopamine hits for sitting around watching leaves fall, or sitting around watching patterns in the sky! They had to do something that either contributed to them personally, or to their family or to their community… “work!” in other words!

So for the average young person, the average 15-25 year old in the Western World, with their welfare state, with their education, with their safety net, with their family homes, with their communities… if all they do is sit around and play video games, or sit around and watch programs on Netflix, they will NEVER feel fulfilled.  Because they’re not struggling, they’re not fighting to survive, they’re not living properly, the meaning of life is to live, and so if you’re not living, if you’re just existing, if everything is just handed to you, you feel like a failure!

It really is that simple, look to our biological past, look to our recent biological past, what was the main thing we did… we lived!  Living to stay alive was enough meaning for us.  To fight against the odds, to fight against other humans, to fight against nature, to keep you and your family going, THAT was your meaning, and so now that the modern world has made it so that survival is as easy as going down to the welfare office, there's a lot of meaningless people getting around! They thought that work was just this thing that all the unfortunates up until this point had to be burdened with, not realising that work itself was what was going to make them happy, or at least content… fulfilled.”

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“When oranges were Christmas presents, people were content.  People were happy.  Now that oranges are used in food fights, and people expect iPads and VR goggles and all this shit, we’re all miserable, we’re all alienated, we’re all lost, we’re all depressed, we’re all anxious.  So this technology and this modality of entertainment which is supposed to signify how wonderful we are and how clever we are, well all its doing is showing how miserable we are, how detached we are, how lonely we are.  It’s quite the waste.  Entertainment is being used as a drug.  Why?  Is there no other alternative?  Or is no other alternative given to people?”

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The Show on Video

Friends of the show, if you're somehow unaware, I'm putting video versions of all shows onto The Tom Henry Show YouTube channel, please subscribe if you haven't already done so!

I'll update the backlog of videos here onto the site, but to start with, here is the latest: 10 Lessons From The Battle Of Berkeley (Including Based Stickman's Speech)

Long Promised 'Philosophy-Themed' Podcast Now Out

Episode 14:
Without laying out detailed arguments, I discuss and speculate on these issues to give a bit more breadth to the discussion I've been seeing online about them lately.  Epistemology dictates that we should be more skeptical than most seem to be, when it comes to our underlying, unnoticed, assumptions about reality.

New podcast out: "Experiences With SJW Ideology At University of QLD + Russian Election Influence + More"

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In this show I share a few of my run-ins with the SJW ideology during my time at UQ.  These are mostly examples of dogma being taught as fact, with the young and impressionable minds listening to it often none-the-wiser.  One example is of a badass professor who was dealing out "Redpills", possibly unintentionally, as well as demanding critical thinking.

I then share some thoughts on the outrageous and desperate "Russia Did It" narrative, as well as the conversation Sargon of Akkad & Dave Rubin had on The Rubin Report recently. 

Been recording some audio only shows lately.  Another should be up in a day or two, on Consciousness and Materialism.  Then I've got a video show planned on the subject of filling the missing role of God and religion in our society.

#Tradlife: Tips on Relationships & Having a Family

I don't claim that this list is definitive, but I think it's a good start.


1)  Someone has to stay home to look after the kids

Why the hell would you want strangers raising your kids?  For what?  Most second incomes only exist to support the persons ability to work the second income (car payments, fuel, extra taxation), or to allow indulgence in consumer whorishness that people don't think they can live without (massive home, cable TV, three iPhones, two iPads, designer goods, etc.).  People who send their kids to daycare priortise status, consumer goods, and lifestyle, over their family.

Why would you want to be away from your children during the only time they will be innocent before they realise the truth about the world, or get cynical, or get their heads filled with programming of all sorts?  Why would you not want to be the one who gets to instill values in your children?  Why wouldn't you want to teach them while they are at their most malleable, how to live life properly?

If you don't want to do these things, why even have children?  If you do want to do these things, but still send your kids to daycare when you don't *have* to, what the fuck is wrong with you?  

2) Everyone in the family has the same last name

This one I'm going to argue purely from aesthetics: co-joined names are stupid and ugly.  Why?  Because say you get married and become Carl Brown-Cuckington, what about your kids?  Do you expect your son to be Derick Goldstein-Brown-Cuckington?  And Derick's kids?  Our ancestors long ago realised the problem with this, hence our tradition of taking the father's last name.  Keeps it simple, yo.

3) Monogamy is non-negotiable

For millennials, especially people who spend lots of time of Tumblr, polyamory and polygamy have been normalised... if not downright glamorised.

It seems these days that if you don't have a girlfriend, plus a boyfriend, plus a hook-up or two on the side, plus a transsexual orgy-buddy, a sugar-mummy/daddy, and someone you just go on coffee-dates and picnics with, then you're SO last century.  

Don't you know: "it's possessive and creepy to not want your partner to sleep with or have a romantic relationship with other people?"  This is the mindset of these people.  They do not understand loyalty, or discipline.  They are hedonists with the "if it feels good, do it" mindset that Bill Clinton epitomises.  

I've thought this through, wondered if they weren't onto something with this lifestyle of theirs... But concluded: No, monogamy exists for a reason.  Here are some of my reasons for it:
 
Firstly, between working 55 hours a week, writing articles, podcasting, working on my book, chilling out, catching up on news and researching, house work and gardening, having a social life... I barely have time to be a good partner to ONE person.  I don't have any extra spare time for an hour a week worth of yoga, let alone time for another relationship!  Which leads me to the question:

How do they have so much spare time? Do these people not sleep?  No...
They just don't work.
Seriously though... The biggest advocates of this polyarmous lifestyle seem to be:
   A) students
   B) "artists"
   C) poor
   D) combination of the above

So for people who have lives that don't revolve around sex, OR who have jobs, monogamy makes sense purely because who the fuck has time for more than one serious, committed, loving, fulfilling relationship?

Another argument against polyamory is that we are wired to fall in love with the people we sleep with.  Nature has ensured our continual reproduction and the looking after of offspring, by giving women chemicals to make them fall in love with their child and its father, and the same for men, just not as much... Oxytocin... The love drug.  The brain releases it during, and especially after, sex.  It makes people feel safe, loved, in love.  

So despite your rhetoric about it just being casual sex, or emotionless, or whatever... You can not overcome the power of your biology with your self-indulging rationalisations.  So good luck with that.

Finally, my last argument against polyamory is that people have sexually transmitted diseases, and I don't want them.  Fact is: people who make sex a lifestyle, who don't care about the sexuality of the people they sleep with, or how many, are more likely to be infected.  You may know who you're sleeping with, but you don't know who they're sleeping with.  


4) Cheating ends it

I don't really have much of a thesis on this one, except to say that in my experience: if someone cheats, and you stay with them, things are never the same.  Cheating means a lapse in loyalty, judgement, discipline, and self-control.  These are things someone who is to be the Mother or Father of your children needs to have.  If your partner doesn't have these qualities before you have a family, don't imagine they'll magically develop them when you do have a family.  Cheating in this sense is a great litmus test.  My policy is that if it is failed, it's game over.  

5) Be yourself & be honest

Be your authentic, true self.  If you change yourself and your behaviours to keep someone else happy, if they really care about you, they won't be happy if they know you aren't doing it for yourself.

Being dishonest is the most disrespectful thing you can do to someone, because you're denying them the opportunity to live in reality and engage with you on a level playing field.  You are editing their reality for your benefit.  
    It is a behaviour of cowards.  People who are confident in themselves and have courage will tell the truth, and happily invite people to share in reality with them, because they know that their authentic self is sufficient, and so they don't have to "edit" the reality of others to get by.

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So that's my list for now.  I might add more as I continue to mull this topic over.  Feel free to add some others, or your own list in the comments.  Cheers!