google-site-verification=uZlspQRefD4f95_h-NppsRGkeRFZPxFg1QTGSaATuWA The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Part 1 - The WizeGuys

Episode 37

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5th Aug 2021

The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Part 1

In this episode we’re going to talk about Social Media. We’re going to do this over two episodes as there is SO much about this topic that we think needs to be fleshed out in order for us to do it just a little bit…wait, no..let me clarify that..this might have the possibility of moving the needle a lot! Uh oh, here we go, big-time strap in time this week, Stu…

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“Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.” — Sophocles 

The challenges are twofold:

  • Content and interaction
  • Addiction

Mission statements: This is the intent. What is the actual reality? “Instantly media” instead of social media.

Facebook: “Give People the Power to Build Community and Bring the World Closer Together”

Twitter: “To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly without barriers.”

Instagram: “To capture and share the world’s moments.”

Snapchat: “We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together."

TikTok: “To inspire creativity and bring joy.”

Social Media...Good, bad, the ugly.

  • Taught us to not communicate well. Loss of social graces.
  • Undermines a life of order, harmony, and peace.
  • Less empathetic, breeds confusion and misinterpretation.
  • Resulting in more negative than positive outcomes.
  • We didn’t have the wisdom to incorporate it well into our lives.
  • Not our innate, normal way to communicate.
  • Hot trend is ephemeral content. Constantly chasing the squirrel.
  • Politics, race and religion are ripe topics for abuse.

The Triple Filter Test

Truth, goodness, and usefulness are the foundation of Socrates’ triple filter test. Socrates thought that a person must ask themselves the following questions before they say anything:

  • “Am I sure that what I am going to say is true?”,
  • “Is what I’m going to say a good thing?”, and
  • “Do I really need to say it and is it useful?”

Truth, goodness, and usefulness are the foundation of Socrates’ triple filter test. However, it’s not easy to define the true, the good, and the necessary.

Regarding the truth: Do I know for a fact that this information is true? Can I bet on it? Will I be able to prove it to anyone? Am I willing to compromise my reputation over this?

Regarding the good: Does it benefit me or the other person? Will it make them or me a better person and evoke positive emotions? Will the situation of those involved improve?

Regarding the necessary or useful: By knowing this message, will that person’s life or my life improve? Can that person take any practical action regarding this information or message? In what way does not knowing this information hurt or affect the other person?

Let’s forego the common.

Part 2 next week will offer some practical ways to navigate the social media universe.

Mystic MacNugget: “A better understanding is worth the temporary discomfort. You got this…”  -Mac

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About the Podcast

The WizeGuys
Going rogue in pursuit of wisdom.
A cosmic exhale—it’s what we all yearn for. Mac and Stu are a couple of WizeGuys with decades of experience in navigating the nuances of life as entrepreneurs, family men, coaches, mentors, facilitators, thought leaders, masters of relationship, and contemplative mystics. Join with them as they apply an eclectic approach to life, centered around the concept of cultivating wisdom. They will help you build discernment through the art of asking the “whys”, and by showing that going rogue is the only way to break free of the biases that keep us from doing it just a little bit better.

They realize that what got us here is not going to get us there. Take a journey with them where you’ll experience ah-ha moments stimulated by their conversation that’s filled with wit, candor, vulnerability, and always seasoned with right amount of the mysterious. We’re all exotic cocktails, and learning to celebrate our wonderful uniqueness as we build oneness is the perfect recipe for crafting a better world for everyone.

Mac is The Maverick and Stu is The Maestro. Blending those perspectives in an almost magical way to get after it and call it out will show you how together is better. They’ll use the events of the day to practically apply a roguish blend of modern perspective and timeless wisdom sagacity. Seeking clarity over certainty changes everything. You want some of that? Then relax, enjoy, and engage. Oh...and make sure that you strap in…

About your hosts

Larry (Mac) McDonald

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Mac's the Maverick. He's well known for blurring the edges and going into the grey. On top of being an entrepreneur, he's a speaker, thought leader, avid hiker, Papa, and passionate community volunteer. Not one to follow the "heard", be prepared for him to call it as he sees it as well as applying just a hint of the mystical to keep you guessing. Strap in...
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John (Stu) Stulak

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Stu’s the Maestro. Not only is he a family man, software company owner, and wrestling coach, but he has a natural ability to expertly orchestrate everything he does, from relationship building to coaching to group dynamics. And let's not forget that he'll keep Mac from straying too far afield as he applies a nuanced touch to the conversation. You'll love him...
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