I’m not much of a podcast kind of gal. In fact, I often forget that they exist unless my husband sends me a recording or another friend directs me to something profound or otherwise entertaining. Youtube I utilize, but anything that suggests I need to add another app leaves me cold.
Or at least, that was the case until my friend made me aware of the upcoming series of podcasts by Joshua Gibbs aptly titled, Proverbial. You can listen to the introductory overview of what to expect at this Castbox link.
It wasn’t long ago that I reviewed his excellent book, How to Be Unlucky, and included a short excerpt, the spirit of which appears to be the motivation for the podcasts:
The modern man wants every proverb qualified, asterisked, and stated so tentatively that it has nothing to do with himself. Only a common man cares about what commonly happens, but ours is a generation of proud weirdos. For a proverb to be of value to a man, he must see himself as normal, ordinary, common. He must not see himself as special, atypical, excused from the law of averages. A proverb is not a law, but a description of the world right down the middle. Thus, the more unique a man thinks himself, the less open he is to the wisdom of the ages, for Solomon is not interested in describing the unusual cases, but the conventional ones. p.91
Yeah. I’m totally looking forward to listening to this, seeing as I am a woman constantly in the throes of disavowing myself of my uniqueness and sense of self-importance.