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Episode #009

Break Free from the Human Zoo: How Modern Society Makes Us Sick & Miserable

“When you're going in the wrong direction, progress is the last thing you need.”
― Christopher Ryan

Modern society is a zoo. And it's built for humans.

In this zoo, they are fed food that is void of real nutrition and barely recognizable, but because it's so full of salt, sugar and fat - people can't stop eating it.

Their attention is constantly hijacked by their phones so massive tech giant companies can earn money from advertisers.

Trapped on a hamster wheel working to afford their increasingly expensive cages, they sit all day staring at a screen, and their bodies are deteriorating rapidly. 

Social media addiction has made all of these people tribal & emotional yet somehow more lonely and isolated. There is more anxiety, depression and suicide in the zoo than at any point since records began.

And it doesn't look good. Most of the signs point in one direction. Down. 

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Human Zoo. The bad news is, we're all trapped here. The good news is, there's hope.

We've had enough, and we're getting out of here.

Join us in this latest podcast episode, where we go in deep with the Human Zoo. What is it, what got us here and most importantly, how do we escape.

In this episode...

Some of the points covered in today's conversation:

  • The origin of the term "Human Zoo" and why we use it at ikario.
  • Why we are suffering from the disease of civilization and the wide range of problems this causes.
  • How bad things really are (some concerning statistics).
  • Why the benefits and positive sides of modern civilization are mostly solutions to it's own problems.
  • Why if you want to have a good life, you have to go against the norm to an extreme degree.
  • Examples of things that modern society considers to be normal (but aren't normal at all).
  • How we are surrounded by stimuli, messages and cues in our environment that hijack our attention.
  • Examples of hyper stimulation in society and the damage this causes to our mental & physical health.
  • How we can break free from the human zoo and live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Over to You

We hope you found this episode useful! What brought you the most value? Do you have questions or feedback? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Oliver Cowlishaw

About the author

Ollie is an avid pizza connoisseur, accomplished drinker of coffee and lover of soul music. Heavily influenced by Zen & eastern mysticism, his curiosity regarding the human experience is insatiable. Despite having a strong vocabulary, he swears a lot and uses slang phrases ("ollie-isms") that almost nobody understands, not even himself.

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