Episode 122: How To Survive In Today’s World

Finding Subjects Podcast: Episode 122: How To Survive In Today’s World (libsyn.com)

Surviving in todays world isn’t easy. You have to apply yourself, work hard, and learn a skill, trade, career that will be able to help you provide for yourself and your loved ones, and simultaneously not count on anyone else to carry your weight.

Gordon: A beautiful Dog we spotted swimming in Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, USA


  1. You make lots of good points, Tony, about individual responsibility–we indeed are masters of our own destinies. The sad truth, though, is that hard work is not always rewarded; not everyone has the same opportunities; and we still have a long way to go in our society before we put into practice the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that were spoken about in our Declaration of Independence. We do have the freedom to define “success” on our own terms and can reject the popular notion that “success” is defined by the size of our bank account or our salary or the number of “toys” we possess (or more accurately the number of toys that possess us). How much is enough? Is more always better? It is a matter of priorities, I believe, and I think that it has to begin with rejecting the notion we are not responsible for our personal situations, that somehow we are victims, that there is always someone else to blame for our bad choices. Yes, I really do believe that it is often a matter of choices. As you noted, Tony, the secret to having money is to live within your means or ideally below your means and to be thankful for what you do have. I can’t help but think of what Paul had to say, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Hard work matters, but attitude and perspective often matter just as much.


      1. Thanks, Tony. Your podcasts are always thought-provoking and I really appreciate that. Even when I don’t agree with you, I recognize that our perceptions stem from our different background and experiences. It does not make me right or you right, it simply means we have different views. One of the biggest problems we have right now, I think, is that we have lost the ability to disagree with someone civilly. Instead we demonize those who have different views. Why not seek to understand where they are coming from? Things are going pretty well as we inch our way slowly out of pandemic restrictions. Take care.

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      2. Thanks for your reply, Mike. Been on the road ( well, in the air) a lot recently so I am sorry taking so long to get back to you.
        I learn a lot from civil dialogue with others, which I miss greatly these days. I also welcome different opinions as well so as to always learn from others. I always try to learn from others and try my best to understand where others are coming from. I also learn a lot from your comments as well, and I appreciate your feedback. Hope all is well. Still on the mend from Covid. It kicked the crap out of me and it’s a long road back to normal but thankfully I’m on the mend. Take care.


      3. All is well with me, Tony. I am sorry to hear that Covid knocked you down, but it is good that you are on the mend. Take good care of yourself. As for genuine dialogue, it seems that has become increasingly rare. It is definitely worthwhile to try to understand why others believe the things that they believe and not simply react negatively to someone with a different view from my own.

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