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Lessons in Living a Meaningful Existence From the Paleo Era

What the Paleo era can teach us about living a life of meaning and purpose

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Finding a meaningful existence seems harder than ever these days. Fortunately, Mark Hawkins knows where we can look—the Paleo era. 

Today Mark and I are discussing:

-What is meaning and purpose?

-Why is it so important? 

-And what can hunter-gatherers teach us about living a more meaningful life?

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More About Mark Hawkins: 

Mark A. Hawkins, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and clinical counselor. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, and several other news outlets and podcasts for his ideas. His research focuses on interdisciplinary understandings of meaning and purpose as they relate to human well-being. Mark was published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and is the author of The Power of Boredom: Why Boredom is Essential for Creating a Meaningful Life, and The Mismatched Human: Our Fight for a Meaningful Existence. He lives, researches, and writes with his wife, Yoona, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Facebook & Instagram: @coldnoodlecreative

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00:00 Intro to meaning

05:00 Paleo living & psychology

08:07 The utility of friendships

13:38 The role of sacrifice

14:43 The paradox of choice

20:08 What changed in the Axial Age

24:49 What is post-modernism?

29:59 We want simple, quick pleasure

32:04 What Mark is seeing now

40:25 Finding community 

45:26 Building self-awareness

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Music featured in this video: “Modern Technology” by Andrew G, 

*Full transcript available on YouTube by clicking the “Show transcript” button on the bottom right of the video.

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