Episode 531: You Are Not Worse Than You Are

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we tackle the idea of self improvement.

Peter Fenzel, Jordan Stokes, and Matthew Wrather spend Labor Day doing some work on themselves: Considering what it means to improve your skills, your virtues, or your character at work, at the piano, and in relationships.

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6 Comments on “Episode 531: You Are Not Worse Than You Are”

  1. John C #

    I was going to try to suggest how overthinking popular culture is its own branch of self-improvement, as “practice” in analyzing systems that just happen to involve superheroes, aliens, space ships, or cops one day shy of retirement instead of budgets or computers.

    But let’s face facts, nothing’s ever going to top “Eudaimonia? No, YOU daimonia!” and I’m going to spend far too much time moving forward to find reasons to work it into conversations…


    • MikeO #

      It’s less “I am enlightened. Let me analyze what the masses are producing and consuming” and more “Oh god, I spent way too much time and money on StarWars… No, it was worth it. It has to be worth it. You see, StarWars is a story of human duality, and… “


      • John C #

        The way I see it, it doesn’t matter why we spend hours trying to figure out how the franchise is trying to justify faster-than-light travel, it just matters that we do…


  2. Stokes #

    “You dai monia now, dog!”


  3. Mark Lee OTI Staff #

    At least at the tragically hip new Nordstrom’s in Manhattan, there’s a DJ instead of a piano player.

    I wonder what the DJ’s equivalent of Hanon’s etudes is?


    • Stokes OTI Staff #

      Interestingly — well, for certain values of interesting — Scott Joplin wrote a series of basic piano exercises for ragtime. So it’s not like this stuff never moves with the times!


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