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Howdy? I'm the your Mad Philosopher in residence. What makes me mad? Well... a great many things... but the short answer is that the way mankind has been living since long before my lifetime is deeply, unsettlingly, incomplete.
There is a tension in our lives. We all feel it, but none of us really grasp it, understand it. In the first world, in the 21<sup>st</sup> century, the poorest among us have access to technologies, foods, levels of education, and forms of entertainment that, by and large, surpass even the wildest dreams of the kings and emperors that lived even a few centuries ago. At the same time, we have been divorced from all that gave meaning to our actions. It's the existential nightmare Nietzsche, Camus and Kafka were gesturing towards: a world in which one can literally accomplish anything, but the demands and absurdities of one's lessers almost force one into choosing to accomplish nothing.
If you're like me, the motivational talk on people's email signatures, cubicle walls, and facebook posts seem more like excuses to celebrate mediocrity and attempts to be at peace with an unfulfilling life.
I may just be an angsty millennial, but having read philosophy non-stop for twenty years, I'm pretty confident that I'm not alone today, and I'm certainly not alone in history. I want to have a public conversation centered on this reality.
In the past, there were certain prerequisites for doing philosophy. The biggest example is that of patronage. If one was a wealthy slave-owner, one would have the leisure time to think about how awesome life is and write about how everyone (except slaves) should be able to just hang out and do philosophy all the time. If one wasn't a wealthy slave owner, one would have to turn to the kings and bishops for patronage... and those philosophers would inevitably write about how awesome the kings and bishops are and how everyone was lucky to be ruled over by such beneficent stewards.
In today's society, those that are able to produce value to others have access to disposable income. While I would love to do philosophy all the time, I'm too busy providing value to others in order to feed my family. If you find this conversation valuable, I can provide it for you; I do ask for your patronage, though, as today's rulers are less than happy to hear what I have to say about them. Every little bit helps.
Carpe Veritas, and have a great time.
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The cost of hosting the site and podcast totals about $350 a year.  So far, most of that money has come directly out of my pocket.  While I love this project, my family keeps growing and my expenses grow with it.  I need to externalize some of the cost associated with hosting the Mad Philosopher project; hitting this limit will guarantee that the lights can stay on.
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Howdy? I'm the your Mad Philosopher in residence. What makes me mad? Well... a great many things... but the short answer is that the way mankind has been living since long before my lifetime is deeply, unsettlingly, incomplete.
There is a tension in our lives. We all feel it, but none of us really grasp it, understand it. In the first world, in the 21<sup>st</sup> century, the poorest among us have access to technologies, foods, levels of education, and forms of entertainment that, by and large, surpass even the wildest dreams of the kings and emperors that lived even a few centuries ago. At the same time, we have been divorced from all that gave meaning to our actions. It's the existential nightmare Nietzsche, Camus and Kafka were gesturing towards: a world in which one can literally accomplish anything, but the demands and absurdities of one's lessers almost force one into choosing to accomplish nothing.
If you're like me, the motivational talk on people's email signatures, cubicle walls, and facebook posts seem more like excuses to celebrate mediocrity and attempts to be at peace with an unfulfilling life.
I may just be an angsty millennial, but having read philosophy non-stop for twenty years, I'm pretty confident that I'm not alone today, and I'm certainly not alone in history. I want to have a public conversation centered on this reality.
In the past, there were certain prerequisites for doing philosophy. The biggest example is that of patronage. If one was a wealthy slave-owner, one would have the leisure time to think about how awesome life is and write about how everyone (except slaves) should be able to just hang out and do philosophy all the time. If one wasn't a wealthy slave owner, one would have to turn to the kings and bishops for patronage... and those philosophers would inevitably write about how awesome the kings and bishops are and how everyone was lucky to be ruled over by such beneficent stewards.
In today's society, those that are able to produce value to others have access to disposable income. While I would love to do philosophy all the time, I'm too busy providing value to others in order to feed my family. If you find this conversation valuable, I can provide it for you; I do ask for your patronage, though, as today's rulers are less than happy to hear what I have to say about them. Every little bit helps.
Carpe Veritas, and have a great time.

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1 patron
At $1 per content item, you are officially a patron of the Mad Philosopher project.  This gets you access to the Patreon-exclusive content, the secret facebook group, and other digital rewards.
Pledge $5 or more per Blog Post or Podcast Episode
0 of 100 patrons
If you happen to be in the area of South Denver, you can have coffee with Mad Philosopher -or- if you live too far away or are afraid of personal meetings, you can have a one-hour video chat and a chance to be on an episode of the Mad Philosopher podcast.
Pledge $10 or more per Blog Post or Podcast Episode
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At a pledge of $10 per content item, You can make a request for a content item of your choice to be made into a Patreon-exclusive for you and the elite patrons of Mad Philosopher.