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.
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”
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.
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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