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Guest Brandon Doble - I want to be grateful for the food on my table instead of eating each other.


Andrew

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Andrew Keller

Every morning Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. Today we're joined with our monthly visit from Brandon doble, thank you for joining us today, Brandon, I'm gonna keep talking, we have a quote from Brian elmquist of the lone bellow in his lyric from the song dried up river that came out earlier this year. He says in one of the verses I want to be grateful to for the food on my table instead of eating each other alive. I think the song in general, if you guys listen to it, or what your take on it is is interesting. But basically the society we live in right now is obsessed with getting everything for yourself and taking it away from others. And I think this is a good reminder. I'm particularly interested in both of you because you both have kids and like the world we live in right now. Does this make you think any differently for the world you want to leave for your children? Start with you, Brandon?


Brandon Doble

Well, I mean, I think this is one of your bingo squares, right? I mean, about being grateful for being living in the moment, you know, what is my purpose? I would ask that question. My purpose right now is to be on the show with you. So I think in a sense, it's like, but I mean, really, if you take a look at that that quote is saying that being grateful for what you have, as opposed to you know, what you don't have? It seems to be a very straightforward question. I think basically, if everybody lived by that mantra, we, my kids life would be better in the future. So to answer your question about my kid, I think that if, if everybody tried to live by the mantra of be grateful for what you have, don't be seeking more than you need, then then I think that we probably all have a better world.


Larry

Here's my question for you, Brandon. Keller lives in LA, I live in San Francisco used to live in San Francisco. It's a very, like, Get yours build the next business bubble? Did you feel a shift from moving from San Francisco to the south? And how people compare themselves to each other?


Brandon Doble

Oh, 100% of San Francisco and La are are are Fantasyland. They're not real places. It's a little bit like Manhattan. And I think in any urban Metropolis like that. People don't take themselves too seriously. I think everybody that's not in those towns is kind of like I don't I can't really brag about the fact that I live in Asheville, North Carolina, right. I think it's a great an amazing place to live. But I think that in my experience of living in San Francisco for years upon years, and spending a lot of time in LA, there's a lot of people need to be relevant. I'm very relevant. I'm very important. This is what I'm doing right now. No one does that. No one does that. I never catch people that are talking in a bar about Yeah, this is what I'm doing right now. I'm doing this new startup, I got this new company, I'm in on this new commercial, I'm going to do this new audition. None of that. So I is that that San Francisco in LA in Manhattan, or Hong Kong, or whatever a bad and I think it's just the nature of big cities. But it's also the type of person that's attracted to those cities that go to San Francisco in LA, which is, I need to feel relevant, I need to feel important. Your show on purpose, sort of segues this show, right? Because you guys talked about your purpose, like, what is my purpose? And I think that to me, when not when I started listening to that show, I don't really think I thought a lot about it. I actually took a lot away from that, because that was like, your purpose is what you're doing right now. Like you read your time, if you live with aventus purpose, I need to be a mom, what have you never a mom? That was very helpful for me to frame it in that way? What if my purpose is to be an actor? Well, what if you never get a part? I don't know. I mean, is that mean your life sucks? Yeah, I


Andrew Keller

mean, we could have used this quote in that show, like, be grateful for what you have. And that's what your purpose is. I think it's interesting. And I don't know the answer to it. But like, what is enough? Like, if I make the national average per year and I can pay my bills? Is that enough? Like, at what point? Are you getting what you need, versus getting more than you need? And I think that's a delicate balance that people have to deal with. Because I mean, there's priests or monks that that don't take a salary and have a vow of poverty their entire lives, and they live what they say to be fulfilled lives and then there's billionaires and there's everything in between. So I don't really know what with the, what you strive for, like when you when can you feel content? Like I don't, I don't know if you can, because I think you should always be doing more, but like, not with greed. So I mean, do you feel contempt Brandon? Or do you always are you striving for something I've


Brandon Doble

never, I've never content, but I think that what you're saying is I think my purpose is to strive for contentment in the moment. That's honestly my purpose. Like it There's there's things that we can control. And there's things that we can't control. Larry referenced the a, you know, book, you know, sort of like the God grant me the serenity to know the difference type thing. You were saying, Be happy for what you're saying, I always want to be doing more, you want to be doing more because you feel that is a value in your own life, you say doing doing something is better than doing nothing. But that doesn't mean you're just sort of like, but if I don't achieve this, or if I don't build that house, or if I don't get this commercial, I'm a terrible person, you just find value in doing. So in a sense, you're sort of answering your own question here, right?


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I think so.


Larry

I think this quotes interesting in that it's the epitome of our the world we live in right now. I want to be grateful for the food on my table, instead of eating each other alive. Isn't there like a middle in there? Isn't there lucky guy, instead of eating the guy next to you kind of figuratively or literally, and being thankful for the food? Just sort of maybe asking a question, I don't know, just seems like this, that's what goes on to this world, you can't be thankful. And also hate the person for having the job you want. I don't I just feel like there should be a little bit more middle. And I think that's what he's kind of getting at with this lyric.


Brandon Doble

Well, you guys are in a sense, if you follow the Buddhist path. And I know this isn't a religious show. But this idea in Buddhism is to remove desire, that if you remove desire, you remove pain and suffering. So in a sense, you say, if I don't want something, I'm not going to suffer for not having something. And I think there's real value in that. I think that if you say like what you just learned, congratulations on Laird, his new house in San Francisco, very important. Andrew just moved in new new house, we just moved into, like having houses sort of a big deal in our culture and society, right. But there are lots of cultures around the world where people never have a house. And they seem to do Okay, so I'm saying if you remove the desire to, I've got to have this thing. And that's the thing that's gonna make me happy. How many people do you know that got the thing they want, and they're still miserable.


Andrew Keller

I would argue a lot. That was definitely me. I have a very vivid memory of sitting with a friend in San Francisco saying, if I just made this much money, it's gonna work out. I got to that point. And I was like, This, isn't it. So I quit my job and moved to Argentina.


Brandon Doble

And you're a better person now than you were when I first met you 15 years ago, in that very thing. I feel like you've got more peace in your life, in a sense of like, Hey, you know, things don't part of that's youth, right? We think when we're young, everything's got to happen this certain way, but part of it and so wisdom and maturity comes along from life. And part of it is also just accepting that, hey, things aren't necessarily always going to work out the way I expect them to work out. And even if they do, I might not be happy.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I think I want to point out that like Larry was talking about this one lyric in the chorus says, What is life all about giving back the love we found I'm so tired of the scream and shout, we're all drinking from that dried up river. So I think the song takes that into consideration. But so glad you brought up that lyric.


Larry

I when I saw this lyric, I thought of the movie, The Lion King, you know, Mufasa gets kicked out goes away. Because scar takes over and turns the land and his dried up river instead of all of the animals really realizing that the circle of life is important kind of hijacks that idea and they all end up drinking from the dried up river, because they follow scar who uses power play to not run the jungle in the equity model Mufasa


Andrew Keller

scar who fossa? So then I was about living in the moment that I thought could apply to this. We said probably I don't know when it was last year, maybe last summer. Like if you feel the need to be on your phone, then you're probably not having a very good time. And I think that's like being grateful for what you have, like, not searching for the grass is always greener be like, if right now while we were talking, I was like scrolling through Twitter on my phone, you guys would be like, well, he's not that interested in what we're saying. So I strive for that every day. And I have a hard time with it. I don't I don't know you guys think?


Brandon Doble

I think that's I think that's a value that you have to have and believe in how many people do you know are actually not self aware that they're they're spending all their time staring at their screen? And don't even think about the fact that they're why are they doing that? Right? Why Why am I not valuing the time I'm with this person. You have to actually take a conscious thought to live out this quote, you have to say I am not going to take from somebody else in order to be happy. I'm just going to be present in the moment. I think I think that takes a lot of work in this society especially.


Andrew Keller

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