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What The Coronavirus Hasn’t Changed About Life | Moe Abdou & Kapil Gupta on The 33voices Dialogue

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Key Takeaways

  • Your life is in chaos independent of the coronavirus
  • “The coronavirus is just another detail of the degradation of society. How that degradation reveals itself is just detail, and this is just another significant detail.”Kapil Gupta
  • “The coronavirus is not about the coronavirus. There’s a far bigger coronavirus; it’s called prescription. That’s Ebola times 1000.” – Kapil Gupta

Intro

How does Kapil make sense of the coronavirus?

  • “Forget the overall state of affairs. Forget the coronavirus. There is nothing but coronavirus.” Kapil Gupta
    • “The coronavirus is just another detail of the degradation of society. How that degradation reveals itself is just detail, and this is just another significant detail.”
      • Cancer, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, stress—the coronavirus is yet another layer
  • “Life’s always in chaos. If you didn’t have coronavirus, would your life be at peace? Just look at the world. The coronavirus is holding up the mirror even closer—that’s all it is.” – Kapil Gupta
    • (Life is chaos with or without the coronavirus)
  • “Everyone who’s worried about the coronavirus—their life is in complete shambles as it is. What’s the difference?” – Kapil Gupta

The Human Mind Looks for Distraction

  • Humans are chasers. We enjoy the drama and the 24/7 news cycle. We’re always on the lookout for a dopamine spike.
  • “The greatest problem is the only problem, and the only problem is your mind—anxiety, fear, stress, concern, worry, anger. All of these things, even if there wasn’t a virus for the next 10,000 years, even if every person in the world won $3 million and had a Ferrari… What’s that going to change? At the end of the day, you’re still going to go home with your mind.” – Kapil Gupta
  • One related quote about the mind:
    • “The mind is an internalized society” – Kapil Gupta 

Social Distancing is No Problem for Kapil

  • “Social distancing is all I’ve been talking about for the last 7 years … Socialization is a plague to begin with.”Kapil Gupta

Humans Only Become Serious When They’re Desperate

  • “There has to be some level of extremeness, whether extreme desperation, desire, or dissatisfaction with the status quo. No one 5-steps their way into this … There has to be a hammer across your head of some sort for one to be shaken out of this reverie—out of this zombified state. It won’t come from any podcast … All podcasts are just crap … Everything is just nonsense.” – Kapil Gupta
    • Here’s why: “Anything is a non-starter if it begins with the idea of sending someone a message or it’s aimed at helping them. People don’t want to be helped … Nobody wants to be told what to do, and quite frankly, even if they did, and you told them what to do, they’d only appreciated that they were told, and 5 minutes later, they’d go back to who they were.”
  • At the end of the day, you can’t change anyone. For someone to truly change, and become serious, they MUST do it on their own.

How does Kapil advise people to cope with the economic impacts of the coronavirus?

  • Kapil rephrases the question: “This doesn’t feel good. I’m in turmoil, and I want the anxiety and turmoil to go away, so give me a way to process it so I can make sense of it and escape the turmoil.”
  • Let’s dig in:
    • Your life is ALWAYS in turmoil. You were NEVER at peace. What about EVERY turmoil you never addressed?? 
    • “Even if I gave you a magic pill and you felt better, next Monday, you’d have a new set of turmoils.” – Kapi Gupta

The Real Coronavirus is Prescription

  • “The coronavirus is not about the coronavirus. There’s a far bigger coronavirus; it’s called prescription. That’s Ebola times 1000.” Kapil Gupta

Do you really want it? Or is it just an “it would be nice if…”?

  • Merely desiring is very different from maniac desire 
  • “All things begin and end with maniacal desire. The things you want in your life are precisely the things you already have.” Kapil Gupta
  • If you really want something, it’s doable, no matter what it is. Whatever you’re obsessed with, you’ll obtain.

A Monologue to Read Twice

  • “Just the belief that there is actually a right action, or a right thought, or a right thing to do—that simply doesn’t exist. The fundamental truth is so revolutionary that it completely tears the most foundational elements of everything a human has been taught; he’ll no longer know which way is up. He’d be afraid to say his own name out of fear that even that may be a lie. The human has drifted so deep into lies and untruths that he shouldn’t say a word. EVERYTHING IS A LIE. Nobody realizes the degree to which society has completely imprisoned and destroyed the fabric of a human organism.” Kapil Gupta

Your Beliefs Are So Wrong It’s Not Even Funny

  • “Everything that you think you know, you don’t. The beliefs and opinions that you have are so laughably wrong that if a god came out of the sky, and he showed you the real truth, you’d be dumbfounded about how ridiculously wrong—how far from the truth—you are.” – Kapil Gupta

Wrapping Up

  • “Life, absolutely, is suffering. But it isn’t because the events of life are suffering; life is suffering because of the illusions we fall into as human beings—the illusion of mind, the illusion that we are ourselves, the illusion of attachment. All of these things rely on being attached to a notion of a self—THAT is suffering. If a person didn’t have that, then he could have all the bad events happen to him, and he wouldn’t be affected by them.” – Kapil Gupta
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