our vision

Is for people to better understand the characteristics and situations which constitute the essence of our existence.

Our Mission

Is to inspire, motivate, and educate through stories about what make us human so that, together, we may hone the knowledge and skills to better navigate every aspect of life and capture the best of our true selves. 

To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
— The Dalai Lama

How It All Started


One of the beauties of the Japanese language is its ability to convey complex emotionality; the Japanese people carry an aptitude for internalizing and communicating feelings – transcendentally – through nature.


Did we lose you? Allow us to explain by way of example: (見ぬが花) “Muni ga hana” is a Japanese saying which literally means “Not seeing – is a flower.” Take the word flower, for most it is indicative of beauty and grace, two words that embody the emotional context of bliss – happiness and boundless joy. Whereas, a direct translation will reveal “Ignorance is bliss;” most of the English language is circumscribed to an objective and definitive connotation, as it fails to evoke the analogous relationship between human and nature. Moreover, lets take another Japanese proverb (花鳥風月) “Kachou Fuugetsu” or "Flower, Brid, Wind, Moon." What does it mean? Experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so learn about yourself. I bet you didn’t see that one coming.


Let us digress a momment, you ought to be thinking, “Okay… thanks for sharing, you got an 'A' cultural studies 101.” Well the truth is, we didn't take a cultural studies course to make this connection, rather, it's that we read too many books during the peak of our existential crisis.


At any rate, language is what makes us human; it’s encoded in our DNA. Mysteriously, we are capable of learning the complexities of our native tongue and effortlessly become proficient in making demands, sharing our stories, and delighting – or manipulating – each other with language. Granted that language embodies us and we embody language, it is hardwired into the roots of our cultures. That is to say, recalling the “not seeing – is a flower” and “Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon” analogy, we concede the Japanese culture is far more in tune with their perception, in that they are very aware of our connection to all living things. We are not special, we are only more capable... or so it seems.


So, what does that mean for us? Time to quit the day job and become one with nature so you can “find yourself?” No, not exactly, we may have a slight dose of a free spirit but we’re certainly not members of a counterculture. We simply aim to better understand our place in this world, while also remaining content in this world.


As Mary Oliver puts it:


"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world. It’s your place to be among the awakened. How do I know? You’re reading this. That’s enough evidence. Your slumber is over, wake up."


As our societies come to reason with our human condition, no longer must we seek power, fame and fortune to be content, nor can we afford to live in denial of such a claim, the psychosis is evident, most of us are upset with being upset. And should we choose to attack this truth and continue striving to be the be-all-end-all, we will drive humanity further into chaos and ultimatly, extinction.


As part of our mission, we created this platform, a platform to share with you discussions around the ideas that may lead one to a more opportune life. We certainly do not have all the answers, but we do have the questions, ideas, and motivation to find them.


Sincerely,

Joey, LJ, and the Drake's



 Joey Denney

Joey Denney

Co-Host/Content creator

Hey folks! My name is Joey Denney. 

I love writing, thinking, and discussing deliciously complicated concepts with my best friends. There is nothing better than getting into one of those intensely deep conversations about life and what it means to be here on this world. One of those conversations where everyone is waiting painfully... biting their tongue...literally sweating... until it is their turn to share an idea; an idea that is so groundbreaking it has been devouring them on the inside for the past five minutes.

We come up with some beautiful ideas, and we share tons of philosophy with each other. And we finally came to realize that some of the ideas and discussions we had been having were worth sharing; that people would enjoy to get in on the conversation. Heck, people DESERVE to be in on this great.. philosophical.. jambalaya!

So that is why I'm here. I want to stir the pot. I want people to get hungry for ideas. And for those that are already hungry..welcome home.

 So come on...grab a spoon and dig in.  

 
 LJ Carrillo

LJ Carrillo

CO-HOST

Hello, my friends! My name is LJ Carrillo and I am just happy to be here. I recently graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. I will be continuing my education at Texas State this fall as I will be working toward a M.S. in Sustainability Studies where I will be concentrating in Environmental Conservation.

I am an avid adventurer, traveller, and life lover. While I love change, life tends to normalize to a routine in the day to day. You will most often find me swimming in a river, reading, finding a new hiking trail, or drinking a cold one at the local breweries. I crave a balanced lifestyle that maximizes my exposure to everything...literally everything. The more I experience, the better my life is. 

Thinking critically about our existence seems daunting. But if you ask me, talking about these existential questions is invigorating. We all have our own perspective on the human experience - let's share them! To truly grow and develop your being, you must get out of your comfort zone and challenge the conventions of your thought. I am excited to share some thought provoking ideas, have some good laughs, and enjoy this journey with all you good people. Let's be human, it's who we are.

Cheers!

 Drake Scallon

Drake Scallon

Co-Host

[Hat tip] My name is Drake Scallon and my child-like curiosity is what makes me, me. I have always had an obsession to find some sort of meaning in the human experience and though it has pushed me to the brink of insanity, it has also kept me grounded. Oh the duality! (can’t wait for this topic)

Every day I wake up, I’m thrown into consciousness and this strange dream we’re living in never ceases to amaze me. I appreciate its delightful complexity and for this reason, I dedicate my life to learning about it. It’s a hobby I can never master and that I love. The exploration of the mind and this planet gets me going like nothing else. This excitement for life makes me feel… human.

So what does that mean exactly? Feeling human? These are some of the questions we will explore, and we hope that through this experience, you’re able to re-vitalize your quest to find meaning, think independently and ultimately, cultivate a life you can be excited about. 

P.S If you like the shirt I have on, you can check out the clothing company my business partner, Andrew Clemons, and I created for those seeking balance between work and play: Midys Clothing.

 
 Drake Alford

Drake Alford

Producer

Hi! My name is Drake Alford, I'm  currently a student at Texas State University and will graduate in the fall of 2018 with a B.S. in Agriculture Business Management. At this point, you’re probably wondering, “how does one go from studying agriculture to producing a podcast?” Well, here’s my best attempt at answering that: growing up, I had a knack for digital media, whether it was a video production, sound or graphic design, I was always creating some form of intangible art.

Then, as if suddenly blind sighted, it was time to go off to college. At this point, I had not a single idea as to how I could monetize, much less make a living, out of the digital media skills I’d amassed, so, I choose the safe route. My family was in the produce business, “why not study agriculture and help grow the business?” Thus, my college pursuit began. In the interim, I’d continue to develop my competence in digital media so that one day, I’d align the two.  But sometimes life has a funny way of working out. 

Midway into my senior year of college and after a long phase of "self-discovery," I was inspired. I was inspired to rekindle my passion for the arts, and share with others a new take on life.  It was with this passion that grew an insane idea, yes, THIS idea.  So, I reached out to a few friends of mine, as it turned out I wasn't the only one crazy enough to think we could inspire action in others.  And let's be honest here, today we live in a world of far too much uncertainty and hatred, it's time to wake up.  So, here we are.  It is my hope that one day we may be able to touch the lives of many, and as I enter my career in Finance post graduation, I plan on starting a seperate show tailored to those trying to survive this rat race. A place for wisdom and a place for survival, a quintessential human experience; welcome to Being Human.