Cost of Glory

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Johnathan Bi left success in the startup world to focus on researching the deep ideas that power the world, and has recently launched his series on the Great Books of the West, starting with his lecture on Nietzsche.

In this episode:
  • What is Rousseau’s impact on the world?
  • Johnathan’s Journey towards the Great Thinkers and their Books
  • The Duality of Heroism & Rousseau as Hero Worshipper
  • Rousseau’s balanced treatments of Nietzsche’s Ideas
  • Why do we need Heroes?
  • The Difference between Desire for Power and Execution of that Power
  • Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and their Selfish Desire for Glory
  • The Hero vs. The Citizen
  • The Degeneration of Modern Languages
  • The Core of Nietzsche’s Interest in the Great Heroes of the Past
  • Tech Startups are Non-Egalitarian!
  • Rome Against Judea
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What is Cost of Glory?

The most influential biographies ever written, admired by leaders, creators, soldiers, and thinkers for nearly 2,000 years: Plutarch’s Parallel lives. Essential listening for anyone striving after greatness. Alex Petkas, former professor of ancient philosophy and history, revives and dramatically retells these unforgettable stories for modern audiences. The subjects are statesmen, generals, orators, and founders; pious and profane, stoics and hedonists. The stakes bear on the future of Western civilization. The cost of glory is always great. Visit to find out more.