Have we made our lives very comfortable? Can we imagine living without the many services that we pay for, the apps that help us, or the algorithms that save us valuable time as well as reduce our physical effort? Journalist Michael Easter argues in his book, Comfort Crisis: Embrace discomfort to restore your wild, happy, healthy selfThat moving away from our physical and mental comfort zone is not only good for us but can improve our health and mental well-being.

In this episode, he and Ecanthus host Ross Roberts discuss the virtues of monotony, our surroundings, death, and “this thing is called misogi “. Dive in, and tell us about your past and expected novel experiences; We’d love to hear from you.



1’s theme Nomadic rituals – ceremonies Rich in ancient and modern literature and film. What do you think about the practicality of choosing a physically challenging, psychologically difficult Misogi (禊) experience that has only a 50% chance of success?


2- Too little or too much mental and physical stimulation can have long lasting negative effects, how much risk Should Do we like to take? What provocative event or activity will take you across the other side of the U-shaped curve describing Easter and Roberts believing he is scaling now?


3- How well does Easter explain why he claims that memorable intellectual achievements do not achieve the same or similar life-changing results as extraordinary physical conquests?


4- Door Dash, Amazon Next-Day Delivery, Venmo, Lift, Google Maps, (give your preferred name). How do these innovations help our routine tendencies and lack of focus on the present? What does your cost / benefit analysis reveal about your value for daily benefit growth?


5- In the heat of the day, people would run for miles to hunt and then carry heavy weights and travel long distances. Is it a good or bad thing that most of us have let these skills stagnate? Do you agree or disagree with Easter that we should also try to learn where we can have a “little fall” in our lives? Explain.



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