Steven Rinella: Hunting, Wild Animals, Life Advice, and More – The Joe Rogan Experience #1341

Key Takeaways

  • There is an ongoing battle between nature and people – don’t be surprised when nature fights backs
    • “People have gotten to the point where they confuse national parks with amusement parks” – Steven Rinella
  • Hunting isn’t purely bad, there are a ton of benefits to it
    • Sometimes hunters are needed to control populations or kill invasive species
  • Your mental diet is as important as your physical diet
    • Just like you shouldn’t fill your body with junk food and sugar, don’t fill your mind with low-quality information
  • If you’re born or live in America, consider yourself extremely fortunate!
    • You can start a business, create a TV show, and send your kids to school for free
      • All of these are things you take for granted but would kill for if you were born in a third-world country
  • “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation” – Joe Rogan, quoting Henry David Thoreau 

Intro

Books Mentioned

Wild Animals

  • Peccaries make a tasty meal
    • They’re especially popular with people south of the U.S. border
    • Peccaries have poor eyesight, so they’re easy to hunt down
      • That said, they’re still dangerous and can easily kill a dog
  • There is an ongoing battle between nature and people – don’t be surprised when nature fights backs
    • For instance, a bison charged a young girl at Yellowstone (video)
      • Be aware that nature can be deadly at times
    • Not all animals are domesticated, and not all animals should be
      • People shouldn’t get too comfortable around wild animals – they’re called WILD animals for good reason
        • “People have gotten to the point where they confuse national parks with amusement parks” Steven Rinella

Thoughts on Hunting

  • Hunting isn’t bad by nature – there are a ton of benefits to it
    • Sometimes hunters are needed to control populations or kill invasive species
  • The views on hunting change with popular culture and education
    • When Jaws came out, people were all for killing sharks. Today, however, many are against it and choose to not eat shark fin soup in hopes that it will deter shark fishing.
      • Fortunately, new US regulations disincentivize catching sharks just for their fins 

Life Advice

  • Your mental diet is as important as your physical diet
    • “If you’re a creative person, you have to have an awareness of your mental diet” – Joe Rogan
    • Just like you shouldn’t fill your body with junk food and sugar, don’t fill your mind with low-quality information
  • Traveling does a great job of broadening your perspective on life and inspiring you to think differently
  • There are always two ways to see an event (try to see the bright side instead of the dark)
    • Steven recalls seeing a man with a “Do Not Resuscitate” bracelet and asking him why he wore it. The man said he had a heart attack a while back and the first responders broke two of his ribs, so he didn’t want that incident to repeat.
      • In other words, the man would rather be dead than be alive with two broken ribs!
  • If you’re born or live in America, consider yourself extremely fortunate!
    • You can start a business, create a TV show, and send your kids to school for free
      • All of these are things you take for granted but would kill for if you were born in a third-world country
  • “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation” – Joe Rogan, quoting Henry David Thoreau 
    • A lot of guys ask Joe how he gets to do so many manly activities and wish they could do the same
      • Don’t just sit in a cubicle your whole life, go out and pursue masculine activities – anyone can go practice martial arts or archery
  • If you want to be respected by other parents, be a good parent to your kids

Podcasting

  • Joe’s been podcasting for close to 10 years now
    • Steven was inspired by Joe to start his own podcast, it’s called MeatEater
    • Joe usually doesn’t prep for his podcasts unless the guest is a scientist. If they are, Joe will spend a week or two reading their books and watching their lectures.
    • The best thing about long-form podcasts is you find out who people truly are
  • Smoking weed doesn’t make Joe lazy, it makes him paranoid which drives him to work harder
    • “My fears aid productivity” – Joe Rogan
      • Joe also doesn’t want people to spend their time watching his show and not enjoy it, so he strives to record a top-tier podcast every episode

Additional Notes

  • As far as sharks go, Mako, Salmon, and Threshers are all quite good to eat
  • Joe briefly mentions the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can lead to Alzheimer’s and other diseases
    • Check out the Podcast Notes from Joe’s interview with sleep expert Dr. Matthew Walker here
  • Joe named his podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” after The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    • Joe loved listening to Hendrix’s music but became conflicted about his opinion of Hendrix after learning he used to beat his girlfriends
  • It’s possible to be the best in the world at something and not be a piece of sh**
    • Be nice to your family, friends, and fans
  • Root for happiness, not marriage 
    • “I root for happiness; sometimes happiness means getting the f*ck away from somebody” – Joe Rogan
  • Joe votes left on almost everything except gun control
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