The narratives we consume rule our existence. We are dominated by the stories that permeate our society. Today Bobby and Jordan discuss symbol and narrative and as usual meander through a variety of relevant topics as relates to narratives in literature and movies today.Some people like to listen to us faster… (We sound smarter.):
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Referenced in this Episode
- A lot of movies you can look up on your own.
- Snowpiercer 2013
- Top Gun Maverick 2022
- Top Gun 1986
- Nerdrotic Youtube Channel – “The Fandom Menace”
- Napoleon Dynamite – 2004
- Mitt R. Blather (We didn’t read this… No one really is reading it. … But for the sake of reference …)
- Link to Leavitt video Fox 13 – Ukraine
- Brandon Sanderson – Stormlight Archive
- Robert Jordan – Wheel of Time (Sanderson finished these)
Bobby sent me the above video which was posted the same day we released this podcast. My reply:
Equivocation isn’t it?
I understand the philosophical angle he is taking… and as a professor of such topics, I guess he’s entitled to do that… but when someone asks the question, “Do you believe in God?” pretty much everyone knows what you’re asking.
While he struggles to explain his struggle with the question, he simultaneously is struggling with the issue of theodicy. In my opinion, he doesn’t see the issue through the correct narrative lens. Narratives rule our minds.
I’m sure if we haven’t already, we’ll be discussing theodicy and narrative much more in future podcasts. Jordan P. doesn’t seem to want to directly admit belief in the god he thinks might exist. Is he searching for a “correct understanding of his character perfections and attributes?” Is he scared that he is not living a moral life? Make note of his final comments: “I mean, there’s a heavy moral burden that comes along with that [saying I believe in this], just allowing yourself to utter the words without feeling that you should be immediately struck down appropriately by lightning. Well and so I think that’s why that question makes me uncomfortable.” Perhaps Jordan P. hopes to make us think more deeply on the subject? Perhaps the question one should pose to him is this? “What kind of a god do you believe in that would make you behave and speak so?”