In this episode, Peter and Paul tackle Fatherhood – not their own, but what their fathers gave them – or choose not to. Paul talks about the idea of fatherly “guidance” as both empowering, in that it gives structure and direction, but also limiting, because it carries expectation. Paul shares that his father didn’t take a strong interest in his academic or career development, but at the same time didn’t criticize or minimize his eventual choices. So, Paul was unguided but also liberated. Pete talks about his own father in Manchester, a man of deep scholarship and formidable intellect who invited the young Pete in for discussions of Shakespeare and glimpses of annotated folios of plays, such as Richard the Second. After the commercial break, the guys return for a discussion of choices, particularly how decision fatigue can affect our thinking. Paul mentions The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz and sets up this question: Do we need to make good choices all the time, on a continual basis, or does a successful life hinge on only one or two critical decisions? Peter takes us back to Elizabethan times for the answer!

  • mike

    james hollis – finding meaning in the second half of life is a great book/audio that touches on parental influences

    • Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life. Just looked it up. This looks very interesting… I’ll get a copy and we’ll discuss on the show once I’ve read it. Thank you, Mike.

      • mike

        exciting! cheers

  • mike

    through the dark wood was the title sorry.

  • Tony D

    What do you think of the Tom Leykis show Paul Janka he teaches guys how to get laid

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