Men in Gorilla Suits

Apparently the consequence of having a day job when there's a wicked cold going around the northern part of the Lone Star State is that you might catch that cold by going into the office.

The Gorillamen are in different stages of that cold, so please ignore any snarfiness in this episode. Also, we're just going to get straight to what we talked about this episode:

  • When did you first learn there were consequences for certain actions?
  • How much did consequences factor into your life when you were younger?
  • How much do consequences factor into your life today?
  • Do you think perceived consequences are often valid or are they overhyped?
  • Neither of us have kids, but let's pretend we do. What consequences do you feel are most important to explain to a younger person?
  • How does discipline factor into consequences?
  • What is one lax action and consequence you wished you'd heeded more?
  • What do you think about systems set up to measure results and force consequences (e.g. annual performance reviews)?
  • Do you think it's effective to suggest to others ways to avoid negative consequences for their actions?
  • As we rely on more tools (smart phones, apps, etc.) and institutions, what consequences come with that expansion of use?
  • Do you think it's possible to live a life of few consequences?
  • What consequences from the last decades do you think we will face in the not-too-distant future?

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

Radiohead once sang about optimism.

It went a little like this:

Flies are buzzing 'round my head
Vultures circling the dead
Picking up every last crumb
The big fish eat the little ones
The big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem, give me some

We're a bit more optimistic than that, but about certain issues...probably not by much.

This week we will fill your hearts with hope as we talk about...optimism...

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We begin by discussing our own optimism...and when we were first introduced to the concept. Then we talk about the most optimistic people we knew growing up -- and who claims the title today.

We chat a bit about if it's easier or harder to maintain optimism as we age...and then devote some time to whether or not we're optimistic about the United States.

Find out where our optimism ends -- and what we try [and sometimes fail] to be optimistic about.

We answer these questions: Can relentless optimism be damaging? Or annoying? And then we offer our advice for someone who is not naturally optimistic.

And, of course, we wrap it all up talking about the future of optimism.

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Umbrella Woman Photo: Edu Lauton

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT