I’ve always been fascinated by stoicism. To learn more about this, I decided to pick the brain of one of my favorite philosophers and travelers, Quintus Curtius.

Quintus and I go a way back. We are both travelers. We both love Brazil. We both love to analyze what makes a culture tick. We both love learning foreign languages. And we both feel that American culture (and Western culture in general) has been going downhill as a result of excessive consumerism, political-correctness and other factors.

Stoicism is just one of many topics we discuss. We also talk about travel, location independence, Brazil (as usual), Russia and American culture.

There’s something for everyone in this interview.

Here’s the full format of the interview:

6:30 Brazil – Where to visit? Has it changed over the years?
10:30 Eastern European – Western influences
13:00 Becoming more conservative as you get older
13:40 Documentary – Happy People in Siberia
14:50 Finding the balance for your own well-being and esteem
15:30 Foreign language learning and hacking, best way to learn it
19:00 How languages are related to culture
22:00 Books: History of Russia, Biography of Stalin
25:00 Russia. Past and Present. Documentary on football hooligans
27:10 Fake power vs. Real power
29:00 The emasculation of men
30:45 Victim mentality and entitlement to feel pissed off
32:30 Living in a polarizing society and what this means
33:45 The Brexit and Greek financial crisis. Setback for globalization?
38:15 Quint’s latest book “On Duties”
42:30 Stoicism
48:30 Becoming more wise. Where does wisdom come from?
49:00 Why our society is so superficial
53:25 Why regret is always worse than rejection
54:40 What’s next for Quintus
1:00:00 Maverick’s travels and updates
1:02:00 Location independence
1:05:00 American culture
1:10:00 Being vulnerable – in America (West) vs. Eastern Europe/Brazil (non-West)


If you enjoyed this interview, let me know in the comments what kind of topics you’d like to see in the future.

This Friday, I will be releasing my long-awaited course on quickly learning any foreign language. It’s a course that encompasses my lifelong experience in learning foreign languages while traveling and living abroad for the past 10 years. The focus is not on fluency, but quickly speaking like a local. Stay tuned for an announcement.

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James Maverick

James Maverick

James Maverick used to work in a cubicle as a code monkey in Silicon Valley. Then, in 2007, he quit his job and a one-way ticket to Brazil. Ever since, he continued to travel, visiting over 85 countries and living in more than a dozen of them. He loved his location-independent lifestyle and has no plans to live in America.

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