#040: Reaching the Elliots of the world

#040: Reaching the Elliots of the world

Over the last few weeks, there have been some shocking headlines involving young people who have allowed their destructive thoughts to bleed into destructive actions. Jeff & DW share their thoughts on the tragic story out of Isla Vista, Calif. involving Elliot Rodger and how we can reach out to young people who believe their life is hopeless. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families who were affected by this unspeakable tragedy.

Discussed on the Show

Moral relativism

“Instead of teaching young people how to shoot an arrow at a target, we’re teaching them to shoot an arrow and paint the arrow into the bullseye. This is a perfect picture of moral relativism today.” Jeff


Should & Must

“There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose.

Should is how others want us to show up in the world — how we’re supposed to think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do. It’s the vast array of expectations that others layer upon us. When we choose Should the journey is smooth, the risk is small.

Must is different—there aren’t options and we don’t have a choice.

Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s our instincts, our cravings and longings, the things and places and ideas we burn for, the intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Must is what happens when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own. Because when we choose Must, we are no longer looking for inspiration out there. Instead, we are listening to our calling from within, from some luminous, mysterious place.” Read more.

Ethos vs Morals

Ethos is your safe place. That safe place is where truth is.


Read On

The Psychology of Elliot Rodger

Elliot Rodger – Wikipedia

Reaching out to the “Elliots” of the world


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