Stoic Solutions Podcast

Stoic Solutions Podcast

Justin Vacula

I'm creating podcast episodes offering practical wisdom for everyday life -- solutions to modern human concerns -- informed by the ancient philosophical school of Stoicism popularized by thinkers including Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Improve your quality of life by implementing a strong mental framework informed by Stoic Philosophy! I explore topics such as gratitude; acceptance; overcoming adversity; finding meaning in life; moderation; dealing with change; friendship; loneliness; and anger. -- Justin Vacula -- host of the Stoic Solutions Podcast -- serves as an counselor-in-training intern in a school-based behavioral health program while studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marywood University in Scranton, PA; hosts monthly meetings for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and plays poker at various casinos in the Eastern United States. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he worked as a peer tutor at the campus's writing center. He has also worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events; engaged in a good deal of activism surrounding separation of church and state; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. Justin regularly exercises; maintains a mostly vegan diet; enjoys metal music; listens to several podcasts; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign; and plays D&D at events throughout the Eastern United States.

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You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life inspired by the ancient tradition of Stoic Philosophy from Greece and Rome. I'm your host, Justin Vacula. This is episode 92 – David Silverman on Injustice. Dave speaks about injustice he sees from the political left adding his personal experience recovering from #metoo allegations he argues are unsubstantiated. Dave also talks about guilt, the danger of groupthink, depression, anger, and friendship. I've been meaning to record this episode for some time following Dave speaking out after months of silence. Initially, and still to this day, some see Dave as an abuser, but after reading his side of the story complemented with testimony from others, I see no good reason to believe the accusations levied against Dave. David and I started to talk about the concept of justice, but the conversation went more into his personal story and insights reflecting on his time as president of American Atheists and chair of the 2012 Reason Rally. Dave was one of the most -- if not the most -- public-facing individuals challenging religion and advocating for church/state separation with his brand of firebrand atheism even appearing on Fox News challenging Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. Years ago, Dave and I butted heads. He was deep into social justice and feminism, but now the situation is quite different as Dave has left the far left. He's apologized for his past behavior and I'm happy to accept his apology. We chatted for more than an hour, but unfortunately some audio was lost due to some technical problems. Visit my website at StoicSolutionsPodcast.com for past episodes and social media links. Support my efforts through Patreon to receive special perks including having upcoming podcast guests answer your questions; custom-made podcast episodes; and private one-on-one calls to discuss whatever you'd like. Visit my other podcast at HurdyGurdyTravel.com to learn how to make money, save money, and travel the world at next to no cost with credit card rewards, deals, and loyalty programs. Mentioned in episode: Dave's website Firebrand For Good explaining why he is innocent: https://firebrandforgood.com/metoo/ Jamie Kilstein appears on Joe Rogan show following #metoo allegation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fa_ZA9k5t4 Delve further: September 2019: David speaks following allegation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dglOKCsgDCI Feb 2020: One of David Silverman's accusers responds: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/dogma-debate-with-david-smalle-23042071/episode/447-rebecca-vitsmun-responds-58449594/ Feb 2020: David Silverman court hearing audio, judge denies restraining order against Dave: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/dogma-debate-with-david-smalle-23042071/episode/446-dave-silvermans-court-hearing-58090364/ Support my work through Patreon, the Cash App, and Paypal and use referral links http://justinvacula.com/donate/ Podcast music, used with permission, is from Fairyland's album 'Score to a New Beginning.' View their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Groupe.Fairyland.Officiel/

Previous episodes

  • 91 - Episode 92: David Silverman On Injustice 
    Tue, 12 May 2020
  • 90 - Episode 91: A Manual of Reformed Stoicism with Piotr Stankiewicz 
    Thu, 16 Apr 2020
  • 89 - Episode 90: Shelter in Place 
    Wed, 25 Mar 2020
  • 88 - 89: How To Have Impossible Conversations With Peter Boghossian 
    Sun, 24 Nov 2019
  • 87 - Episode 88: Discussion with Caleb Ontiveros 
    Fri, 20 Sep 2019
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