Guys, we made it to 50 episodes! Before recording, we thought to ourselves - How do we make this one stand out? How do we make episode 50 truly SPECTACULAR?
We dug up many of our favorite topics we've touched on and you can catch us reacting to our most Day 1 recordings, many of which have since been buried in the depths of the ether and are no longer available for streaming.
When we started the podcast back in 2019, we had no idea where this journey would take us. The podcast has not only evolved and taken on so many different forms these past few years, but it has shaped us into the people we are today and the values we hold dear. We hope you'll join us this week to hear some thoughts on the third dimension, 2019-2022, and the road that got us here.
Energy is what powers our everyday modern lives, from the gas we put in our cars, the electricity that powers our houses, and the fuel that transports our food. Society would collapse without it. So what do we do when gas prices increase at insane rates or, even worse, when the non-renewable energy sources run out?
This week, we hosted David Ramsden-Wood on the show to discuss all things energy. With his background in oil and gas engineering, experience as the Co-Founder and COO of OneEnergy Partners, and as the creator of the #hottakeoftheday podcast, we felt his expertise in the field would help provide a comprehensive take on the current energy crisis, what some viable solutions are, as well as practical energy alternatives.
Things... things. There are lots of things. But, typically, depending on what the media is focused on, there is always a "current thing". Even before the internet people have always been told to support the most "current thing" without question.
But today with social media, it is easier than ever to show your support for the "current thing". From wearing a mask to posting a picture of your post vax to adding the Ukraine Flag in your bio. Because most people have good hearts, it makes for a society of easy targets that blinding go from supporting one issue to the next. And without even understanding the true complexities of a problem, it can never truly be addressed and solved. This is why we find ourselves in a loop of problems with no solutions.
This week's episode topic is inspired by the OG NPC meme, representing folks who struggle to make their own decisions. Hey, gotta love a good meme! Tune into this episode to hear our take on "I support the current thing" culture.
“If we aren’t being taught how to grow our own food, how to take care of ourselves and our families, how to live without the need for huge governments, banks, and corporations - as our ancestors once did - then we aren’t being educated; we’re being indoctrinated to be dependent and subservient to the system.” - Gavin Nascimento
The “America Dream” means a lot of things to different people. But historically speaking, the American Dream meant creating your own self-sufficient life with little/no 3rd party intervention. But over the past century and a half, the foundation of the dream to create a space to live freely has turned into us becoming trapped in the hamster wheel of the corporate America machine with less time to invest our individual selves and personal needs.
2/22/22 was a significant date for many reasons. Not only was it the last date featuring all one repeating number that we'll get to see in our lifetime, but it is heavily correlated to this year's Pluto Return. After a mere 248 years, the planet Pluto is coming full circle (literally), and the last time it was in this exact position in orbit was the year 1776 - when the USA was established. At large, this year also represents when individual freedoms first existed worldwide.
Regardless of what your thoughts are on the legitimacy of astrology, you can’t deny that many countries have undergone major historical events during the years of Pluto's return. Given that Pluto represents death & rebirth, it's likely we'll see shifts in several critical aspects of society (from the financial system to culture). Don't worry; we aren't astrologists by any means... but the amount of "coincidences" already connected to the Pluto return phenomenon is quite interesting.
So join us in this week's discussion on what changes we are starting to see in our world, and if this rebirth will result in a positive more decentralized economy–that'll benefit the average individual, or a centralized one–in favor of the elite class.
John F. Kennedy, Patrice Lumumba, Diana Spencer, and Muammar Gaddafi all shared a common attribute. Although they influenced humanity from different geographical locations and periods, their revolutionary importance can be boiled down to one profound impact: their efforts to reveal institutional power. Yet, curiously, each of these individuals suffered intense deaths shortly after rising to peak levels of praise and admiration from the public. Modern history teaching touches on the events of their passing, but with a tremendous amount of vagueness surrounding the motives of institutions during each timeframe - institutions being governments, global organizations, the Firm, and large corporations. Politics aside, in this episode, we shed light on the legacies of these notable figures and the possible institutional motivations that may have contributed to their demise.
Intention and planning are often used interchangeably in our overachieving, hyper-focused, fast-paced world that we live in. But in reality, the two couldn’t be more different. As Americans, we plan a lot. The most significant difference between planning and being intentional is that planning is doing; while intention requires deep thought before any executive can occur.
Planning has become so ingrained in our culture that we rarely take a step back to question why we do the things we do to begin with. And without taking time to think before acting, it is easy to get on autopilot - where you go are only going through the motions of life without actually living.
In this episode, we dive into what it means to live with intention and find ways to spend time answering the hard questions that ultimately shape the vision each of us has for our own lives.
We did an episode on the "Great Reset" about a year ago. This was the very first time we had come across the topic and discovered the true agenda stemming from World Economic Forum. Since then, a lot has changed, more truth has been revealed, and our perspectives have broadened. Even though we seem to be moving faster and closer to the 2030 plan in less than a year, luckily, there seem to be even more awakened people this year, and the resistance is growing every day worldwide. Thus, it is critical - now more than ever - that we attach ourselves to this hope. In this episode, we take a trip down memory lane to compare our perspectives from a year ago to now and kick off the new year with some exciting announcements! Tune in to hear more.
Travis Scott's Astroworld was the scene of the crime of 10 deaths. Following this news, first-hand stories exploded across social media, with concert attendees posting their experiences directly to the world. We heard every explanation under the sun, from stampedes to cardiac arrests, to people being injected with needles, to even claims of this event feeling like actual hell. Yet, even with the abundance of these easily accessible first-hand accounts, the mainstream media and so-called "journalists" have seemed to bury this story. And we don't know why. With so many questions still unanswered. Such as, was this Travis's fault? Why was Live Nation, so ill-prepared? Could this have been prevented? Why were young people going into sudden cardiac arrest? Concerts are meant to be a positive, fun experience, not something to be fearful of attending.
We send our love and condolences to the victims and their families.
GoFundMe for the victims & their families: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/astroworld-festival-fundraisers
Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum released a video introducing the concept of "Own Nothing and You will be happy." Explaining how in the future we will rent most of the items we need to live. As technology improves, we won't need as many materials goods we can downgrade our lives and experience a better world in the digital space. At first, at face value, the idea sounds great. Life is about to get cheaper, more convenient. Every experience will run as efficiently as getting a package from Amazon Prime. But if you dig a little deeper, you realize this concept of owning nothing will make us happy is a lie.
Should we be less greedy? Yes.
Should we work to become less materialistic? Of course.
But we can do those things without some world government entity taking away our money, our land, and ultimately our bodily autonomy. They claim a carbon tax, a wealth tax, a capital gains tax; the list goes on... are the solution. All well, they travel the world in their private jets, emitting more carbon than you could produce in a lifetime. We all want cleaner oceans, clearer air, and a beautiful planet, but no one wants to be lied to on how to achieve that.
New York City has erupted in recent weeks with people from all walks of life coming together to protest in the name of freedom. Chloe joins us to share her first-hand account of this hopeful spirit that has spread all over the city. She has a fascinating perspective on how she grew skeptical of the US government. Interestingly enough, during this same time, she took control of her health and started becoming vegan. In addition to being on the front lines of these critical protests, she and her boyfriend make independent films together. Chloe's worldview hits a variety of unique intersections that hopefully makes her story relatable to you in some way or another. The truth is we've inherited freedom for a while now, many of us have gotten what it looks like to fight for it. This episode is a reminder of what's at stake to lose if we don't rally together to speak out.
Sophia Jasmine joins us this week to share her personal health story on how she got off multiple prescriptions, including topical steroids and birth control, and switched to more holistic healing and reproductive health methods. Many people across the U.S. have been kept in the dark about the long-term effects of some western medicine. And specifically, women have been misled about what their birth control options are. With the help of modern technology, there have been many new emerging non-hormonal birth control options that are highly effective, including Natural Cycles, which is even FDA approved. Yet, many women across the country are unaware that these options exist. Why aren't doctors and healthcare providers informing them of this option? Why aren't schools including this information in their sex education programs? Why are we not empowering women to retake control of their bodies? Sophia provides thoughtful insight into answering these questions with her educational background in human development and family studies.
As the U.S. has become more secular, we have been looking to fill the void of idolizing some higher entity. For thousands of years, many earlier civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Jews, Greeks, and Romans, all had gods and royalty placed on pedestals of worship. But America has been different. We are a democracy. There is no ruler; there is no mandatory U.S. state religion. You have the right to be an atheist here. Our theory is that we've replaced the role of traditional rulers and even gods with celebrities. So when our celebrity class fails us, let us down, and turn out not to be the people we thought and grew to love... What do we do? Who can we turn to or trust? That is what we hope to uncover in this episode.
For decades, our country has been teaching its students to repeat, memorize and follow the rules without question. A streamlined one-size-fits-all experience has replaced classical education; students have been robbed of learning critical thinking fundamentals. Instead of being encouraged to ask the "why" questions, students are told to accept everything at face value. This kind of thinking has resulted in an entire generation of journalists who publish clickbait from their beds instead of doing field reporting, medical professionals who treat science like religious dogma instead of a series of ever-changing discoveries, and teachers who can implement rules but are failing to inspire. So, in a world where the propaganda machine is stronger than ever, we decided to take a step back and uncover the difference between synthesizing and regurgitating information.
Americans have been asleep at the wheel this summer with the opening up of our country, even in places like California. We have been back to work and having fun for the most part. There was a glimmer of hope things were finally back to normal. But as we move into Fall, things like the "Delta" variant are being discussed, and talks of lockdown, vaccine passports resurface. All well, Tik Tok influencers are working as White House interns. The "summer of fun" is starting to fade as reality kicks back in. Tune in to hear our thoughts on what's to come and how we can all work together to protect our biological health, land, resources, and ultimately our freedom.
Imagine that you're at a friend's house with 20 friends, good music starts playing, and two people start dancing. Shortly after, a police officer sees them dancing from the front window. They come in and shut it down with either a $1,000 fine or an arrest. What if we were to tell you that this is what's occurring in Australia right now? Yes, we were just as surprised to hear this as you are. Since many mainstream outlets haven't reported on the current state of Australia, we decided to have a witness come on and share her firsthand account of the situation with us. Tune in to learn more about how the police state is taking over this formerly free nation.
The past couple of months have been hectic, to say the least. We have been focused on being as present as possible during our final days at college. Since the pandemic threw a wrench in our fall semester of 2020, we wanted to ensure that we maximized our final semester of senior year. And still, here we are... with another heartfelt episode for you guys! Although this one is mostly a check-in to recap what we've been up to, we share some valuable wisdom through lessons we've encountered in the last four years. The experiences, memories, education, relationships, and maturity made available to us are priceless. Highly Inspired is an incredible outlet to relay our thoughts on them all. Tune in to this one to hear about some wild night-out stories, our pseudo-graduation, the death of our guard-dog "Bones", Jordan tumbling off a boat, and much more. Here's to kicking off summer!
Happy Earth Day, Everyone! We have been blessed to have these two wonderful people come on the podcast to speak about their experience with sustainable practices and maintaining a healthy spiritual life. With Carla growing up in Peru, and Benen growing up in Hawaii, they definitely have unique perspectives to bring to the table of alternative ways to embrace a lifestyle that involves being more connected to nature and the beautiful world around us. Both of them have exciting views on where the world is heading, as we become more of a digital world and imaginative solutions to restore a more nature-filled, in-tuned, and slowed down life.
What many people wrote off as “conspiracy theories” months ago is now finally here with corporate and government’s effort to enforce a vaccine passport. You might be thinking, “What’s the big deal? Aren’t some types of vaccines already required for international travel?” That may be true, but there has never been all-encompassing documentation to decide whether you can participate in average daily life activities. You may forget, but YOU are the only person who should be making decisions about what things get put into your body. This is called informed medical consent. It is vital we uphold this freedom, especially with new experimental medical shots like the COVID-19 one. We are pro-science & medical advancement is dope, and in no way are we telling you whether or not to get the covid vaccine. But we must make sure science does not become dogma and erase the freedoms we hold dear. A vaccine passport is not our ticket to freedom but a ticket to enslavement. It guarantees big Pharma a 100% sales rate of their vaccines at the expense of your biological autonomy. Tune into this episode to hear more about our take on the vaccine passport and how it will most likely lead to more harm than good.
This week we are joined by two close friends who have grown their fun, high school side-hustles into fully-scaled businesses. We have been blessed to go to a college where collaborating on side projects outside of the classroom is not only encouraged but normalized. As we work to maintain a free society and towards a decentralized workplace, we've found it fitting to bring two guests on who continuously model these principles in their own lives. Cam Daly is the co-founder of Nice as Heck, a clothing company inspired by adventure, focused on creating functional yet stylish outdoor clothing. Andres O'Beirne is co-founder of an award-winning production company focused on producing commercials and branded content from conception to execution. Cam and Andres first started collaborating back in 2017 and have continued to work together on projects together such as their newest videos, Fudge and Timber. We hope you guys enjoy this episode and become energized to get out there and get after this crazy thing called life.
Here we are, with another episode packed full of topics revolving around our changing world. Because of everyone's newfound preference for digital existence over physical presence, monumental shifts are occurring within software development. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are taking advantage of the revolutionary tech called Blockchain. And even NFTs are increasing by mostly all metrics. A lot of this vocabulary is still so new to us, yet, we feel hurriedly forced to continue staying up to speed with every revolution. After watching the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle documentary, we had some chilling epiphanies regarding "The Firm" and the institutional power of globalist elites as well. It seems to us that a solution to much of the current chaos is mass decentralization and empowering individual freedom via decentralized capitalism. We may soon have computers and Blockchain handling all admin work behind the scenes to foster peoples' ability to pursue more creative career endeavors. Join us this week to hear some takes on where we see current decentralization trends heading and what they indicate about the near-future.
Everyone who's anyone, ranging from Joe Rogan, to Elon Musk, to Tim Dillon, to Logan Paul, and to even your average Tik Tok-er, is getting out of LA ASAP. What are they seeing that rest of us are missing? Is California just simply too big to be governed? Will Hollywood be the only remaining skeleton of the once flourishing city, now that everyone and their cousin is figuring out how to monetize their lives by just having conversations on Clubhouse? Or is LA just in a temporary coma-state and will return to its formal glory post COVID-19? These are the questions we dive into on this episode.. so tune in to hear our takes on the death of LA, the rise of Tim Dillion, and this new channel for communication called Clubhouse.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed when deciphering between too many options? Especially with big life decisions, it can be draining sometimes. America is not only the land of opportunity, but the land of pretty much all possibilities. But that limitless freedom comes with the caveat of not knowing what paths to take. Never before have we had this much information about the world fluttering around the digital space; therefore, it can be tough to actually retain every piece of content we absorb. Although there are strategies, it takes real effort to put them into practice and make them apart of our daily routines. There is no rule book to figuring out your purpose in life. And in this episode, we try to shed some light on the state of options in our country and how the pandemic has shifted certain areas. We also hope to make us feel a little bit better about navigating all this shtuff.
Politicians have been calling for unity for quite some time now. While the morale for unity has been at an all-time low, it finally emerged in the strangest form… MEME STOCKS. Most of us, republican or democrat, or somewhere in between, can agree to back the common man over the Institutional Wall Street Elite. Over the past 48 hours, we have witnessed a true movement of "sticking it to the man". The global elite class has limited free speech with censorship. And now, their new enemy is free markets and the common man's access to increased personal wealth. Today companies such as AMC, Nokia, and GameStop have been taken off trading platforms such as Robinhood. Do not be fooled. This is not for your benefit; it is wealth creation censorship for everyday Americans. It is time we recognize the real fight is not left vs. right but The People vs. The Elite.
We all had high hopes for 2021 after how much of a disaster 2020 turned out to be. Unfortunately, between the capital takeover, increased tech censorship, prolonged lockdowns even with a vaccine, a second impeachment for President Trump, and the current military state in DC, things are not looking too hot so far. In this episode we dive into these heavy topics is most light hearted and causal way possible. And we bring to light a few funny tweets and headlines that will hopefully calm some nerves during all of this continued chaos. Cheers.
Times are strange, to say the least. What we all initially thought was "two weeks to slow the spread" and an extended spring break, has turned into almost a full year of isolation and lockdowns. The world is definitely in a crisis state, and is simultaneously experiencing the fourth industrial revolution. According to history, you could say the world is in a state of re-normalization. But don’t take our word for it. Many powerful people and organizations such as Klaus Schwab from the World Economic Forum and Bill Gates from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been openly calling for a “Great Reset”. In this episode we will be diving into the truth behind what this “Great Reset” entails. Is it good? Is it bad? Or somewhere in between? That’s for you to decide. As always, we encourage our listeners to learn about these topics through the lens of skepticism and we hope everyone comes to an understanding of what The Great Reset will mean for our future.
Women talking about women... Feminism is quite a multi-dimensional conversation topic; as well as a subject we've never really covered on this show before. In this episode, we reference a notable book titled "Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women's Movement" by Sue Ellin Browder, which brought up some fascinating perspectives on many key time periods within the evolution of feminism and a few rather alarming realizations. We have always held strongly-formulated opinions surrounding women's roles in the working world, how we picture ourselves fitting into the puzzle of society, and the notion that all women are inherently empowered. However, today, the idea of feminism is presented in many different ways. Therefore, it's important to highlight what may be controversial, what may be disadvantageous for females, and what we can do to improve, all while resonating in the best way for both men and women. Roles are shifting! We are excited about this episode and are thrilled to share our opinions on the entire concept of feminism.
So what exactly is "the ether"? Well, it is believed to be an empty space for which electromagnetic waves travel. In a way, it is a fitting term to describe how the monstrous amount of data in our world lives among us. Hate to break it to you, but the "cloud" isn't actually some invisible dimension for which the internet lives. Moreover, there are about 500,000 data centers worldwide, where bytes of digital information are stored. Although it may seem like the internet is infinite, technically speaking, it isn't. Between Big Tech monopolies, A.I. running the show, Neuralink development, cybercrime, and everything being virtual right now, there is so much content in circulation. This episode is inspired by Netflix's new documentary, "The Social Dilemma," and we whole-heartedly loved discussing the present themes, trends, pitfalls, and psychology behind life on the interweb.
Welcome to The Grey Area. In today's world, especially with increased polarization, "black and white" thinking, also known as "dichotomous thinking", has continued to rise. Just to clarify, when we refer to "Black and White" it has nothing to do with race, rather the type of mindset that makes us see the world in simple terms of "best or worst", "good vs. evil", or "failure vs. success". Thus, keeping us from pondering debates which are complex, nuanced, and composed of varying shades in between. The pressure in society to arrive at a clear conclusion, quickly without deep thought or analysis, pushes people into "expert" mindsets instead of remaining humble students. It is valuable to recognize the disconnect between one's identity and their ideas because they are separate entities. This practice allows you to acknowledge your weak points and fosters room to grow towards maybe shifting your personal opinions. Join us in this week's episode to hear our thoughts on how the theme of "the grey area" is subtly woven into many constructs if you pay attention to it. We believe that it's currently an undermined exercise and that it should be highlighted!
We're geologists now! After chatting with our friends from PBE Podcast, Troy Tittlemier and Matt Scipione, who are multifaceted geologists, we learned sooooo much about Earth from a science standpoint. Geology is a minefield of exploration, whether it be in oil & gas, seismology, plate tectonics, oceanography, volcanology, etc. We bet you've been exposed to at least a few of these branches before. In this week's episode, we absorbed exquisite information from these two scientists regarding climate change, renewable energy, precious metal mining, aquifers, and how the pandemic has highlighted many discoveries for the geology field as a whole. In this case, give us a minute, let's DIG up some geology facts. There's a lot more to learn beyond just your 6th grade Earth science unit. Here's one final pun - Why are geologists considered studious? ... They take nothing for granite. We'd like to give a huge shoutout to these two for bearing with us and having such relevant insights! If you'd like to learn more about MagmaChem Research Institute and read about their work you can check them out here:
A work of art, a force to reckon with, a striking composition, and an archetype of brilliance... is "1984", by George Orwell. In this episode, we expose our many thoughts after dissecting the infamous writing. However, this isn't a typical book club. We wanted to focus on the BIG questions: What can we learn from this notorious novel? Were Orwell's fears intended to be a warning for future generations? How relevant are these themes in society today? And how can we prevent such a failure as depicted in "1984"? This book has received varying interpretations, depending on the attitude in which the reader initially brings to it. For us, we approached it with an unbiased, open mind. Due to this, we were able to analyze the themes with an observant perspective. All-in-all, it was such a worthwhile experience, and we recommend everyone add it to their reading list! But... if you don't have the time, you can tune in and get the full recap here on Highly Inspired.
This week, we interviewed JJ Caffey, an entrepreneurial powerhouse. She is the founder and CEO of Order In, a remote-productivity membership club that provides accountability, community, and structure to remote workers. "Work from home but not alone" is a key phrase that overarches the group's most important values. By discussing the fundamental shifts unfolding in the corporate world, JJ enlightened us with some effective strategies for salvaging company culture and staying in positive spirits. With the move to an all-virtual work environment, many psychological effects need to be highlighted. Thus, conversing with people who understand how to best acclimate to such a massive shift is undoubtedly advantageous. Not only is JJ an MBA graduate of the Wharton School of Business, but she is also a co-founder of Venture Foragers, a research firm specializing in report establishment for venture capitalists, as well as the founder of Valkyrie Collective, a mastermind group for entrepreneurial women. Join us, in this episode, to hear pertinent wisdom addressing the intricate details surrounding WFH.
At any given moment, there are two of you. How is this possible, you may wonder? Well, ask Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking. Slight problem, they aren't here. But, they did leave us with the science that can help explain the realities of digital presence. To dumb it down for all of us, there are multiple existences that are active via social media and all forms of 21st-century technology simultaneously. And on the other hand, we can't forget about our real selves either. How do these two separate realities work together to complete the full picture of who we are? In this episode, we welcomed two close friends who shared their perspectives on the matter and conveyed curiosities, grievances, and predictions for the future. Tune in to partake in our casual and upbeat discussion.
Coming up with a title for this episode was tough because this one is JAMPACKED. It has now been over five months since the start of the pandemic, and many people haven't fully internalized our new reality. Don't worry, we didn't talk about the oversaturated topics of wearing masks, quarantine life, or not being able to do everything we could before. Instead, we turned the entire topic of "the new normal" upside down and dissected the positives. Through analyzing previous setbacks embedded in American history, we discovered that each event possesses a clear "pre-disaster" and "post-disaster" society. Thus, since it's been several months, we need to quit using phrases such as: "when things go back to normal..", "when it's over..", or "once the pandemic is out of the picture, then I'll finally start working on that.." The time is now. In this episode, we highlight some of the most significant transitions in the corporate world, education, and technology, and how every one of us can stay on top of the shifts occurring right before our eyes. Make lemonade out of lemons.
This week, we are thrilled to host Emily Duong, of "What Fulfills You?" podcast, as a tremendous guest. Geared towards individuals in their 20s, every now and then it can be beneficial to hear a new perspective on the relevant topics surrounding career success after college. There is no roadmap. Typically, there is no final destination either. When it comes to fulfillment in everyday life, not only does it vary from person to person, but contentment is an ongoing pursuit. After all, time is simply a measure of one's priorities. All-in-all, Emily shares her remarkable advice for encouraging assertiveness, making bold moves to accelerate windows of opportunity, and supporting the concept of fearlessness when it comes to ambition. As per Highly Inspired's most cherished ideologies, it's incredibly admirable to expand your palette, take large strides to develop yourself, and dedicate specific blocks of time to allow sincere focus. Emily fits in perfectly and we think you will enjoy this episode most especially.
From disingenuous news companies, inadequate medical treatment within healthcare, manipulated media across dozens of digital platforms, and questionable approaches to "how things should be" in everyday life, there are many lies in our society that this episode sheds light on. It's okay to be skeptical sometimes. In fact, the fundamental concept of skepticism has a bad rap. The reason why is because many companies don't encourage the public to ask questions, because then we'd figure out the holes in their systems. Make sense? In this episode, Jordan and Ella share the hard-hitting truth about some of the largest industries around the world. They also explain some important tips for becoming a respectable questioner, being more aware of your surroundings, and coming to your own conclusions without any external influence provoking your moral judgment.
After many weeks of brainstorming, planning, and conceptualizing, the Highly Inspired team is PROUD to present Version 2.0! We are thrilled to share this episode with you because it unravels relevant information on the current world of podcasting, how audio streaming content has increased drastically due to the pandemic, and a few comedic stories to kick-off the new launch, in classic Highly Inspired fashion. This podcast began as an extracurricular pastime; however, it has now evolved into a much greater venture. We hope for Highly Inspired to become a community—a community where ambitious ideologies can be exchanged in the most embracive of spaces. As per our new slogan, "Explore ideas. Be a generalist.", there is an infinite amount of subject-matters in this world to investigate so we can assure you that we'll be back very soon!
2020. Not the beginning of a new decade for which we imagined. Starting with the tragic accident involving Kobe Bryant, a global pandemic, the unruly death of George Floyd, and the current increase in social unrest, the history books will need a boundless chapter to document the amount of monumental information regarding these uncharted times. Over the past few weeks, we have been reflecting on previous discussions posted to this podcast. We realized that there is an incredible inventory of themes relevant to what is currently transpiring. Due to this discovery, we felt it was not only critical to address our standpoints on the notions of racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, violence, and police brutality, but also express our thoughts on the many other stakeholders who play a crucial role in our society as well. Overall, as we reflect on the past and look towards a better future, we must attempt to empathize with as many of these key players as we can in order to attain more unity. Rest in peace to George Floyd and the many other lives lost due to cruelty.
Many colleges and universities around the country have fully transitioned to what has now been nicknamed “Zoom University”. At first, the news constituted humor and American students were excited to see how online class would play out. Now, we are over a month in and have witnessed dozens of shortcomings with the new system; realizing our tuition money is not worth the sub-par online learning experience. With states, politicians, and even universities starting to accept this as the “new normal”, some important questions that students have been asking include: “Is getting a college degree even worth it now?”, “If school is online during the fall semester should I take a gap year?”, or “Why don’t we all just drop out?”. These examples are a few of the many relevant debates we want to address. Join us for this episode, where we dissect everything surrounding the current climate of American education during the COVID-19 Pandemic and how college-life may change in the coming years.
Given the current climate of America at the moment, Jordan and Ella feel that it’s an important time to discuss the pandemic that is disseminating the global economy. We’ve all faced an incredibly abnormal couple of weeks, with a rollercoaster of emotions, derailed plans, health scares, loss of resources, and a wide range of anxieties. Well, we’re here to shed some light on the subject. Although it seems like everything in the news has been negative, there ARE some positive aspects of COVID-19. From increased mindfulness, artistic expression, and self-care, to the scientifically improved ozone conditions, more folks spending time with family, and a great opportunity to slow down for a bit, there are some upsides to the dark situation. Hopefully, people will stop ravaging stores for unnecessary items, like toilet paper for example, but until then, we must be smart, stay healthy, take care of ourselves, and social distance if possible. Obviously, not everyone has the luxury of doing that, due to work or other demands; however, if you so should have the capability, please do. We’ll get through this together ❤️
Something extremely controversial happened on campus at Chapman University last week. Jordan was a first-hand witness to the events that unfolded in the atypical Tuesday morning classroom and she recounts all of the details in this week’s episode. It is important to have all of the facts straight so join us as we unfold the unique story of a student who was detained by Orange County Police and expelled from school within 1 day. Disclaimer: names will not be disclosed of any parties involved and heads up for sensitive material relating to the topics of racism, homophobia, sexism, mental illness, and drug use.
The recent film 'Joker' opens up a lot of great questions related to issues facing society today; including mental illness, violence, sensitivity, and coddling. Join us as we venture into dissecting this amazing film and discussing some hefty topics that'll get you thinking! 'That's Life'. Ps. Heads up for lots of spoilers and disclaimers for sensitive material!