“As a culture and society, what are we doing that’s pushing people into isolation and fear?”

The Misunderstood History of Masculinity & Patriarchy with Eric McDonald

From studying some of history’s ugliest aspects, Eric McDonald has gleaned vital truths about humanity and masculinity. As a writer, University professor, meditation teacher, and storyteller, Eric has an incredible way with words and talks about history from the heart. The conversation centers around the history of masculine culture and how it affects us today. The theme is RESPONSIBILITY – as simply complaining about the state of the world serves no one. We also cover why patriarchy is not inherently bad, how to find practical meaning in history, and why healing our ancestral wounds will transform the world.


      • [04:11] How looking at the world through the lens of other cultures can lead to greater understanding.
      • [07:50] Are our masculine norms derived from the Romans?
      • [16:19] Is the subconscious perpetuation of racism and sexism a bigger problem than assummed?
      • [18:00] Why patriarchy is NOT inherently bad
      • [22:19] Why difficult conversations with those in your life can contribute to a positive shift.
      • [24:20] Do we have to take responsibility for the sins of our ancestors?
      • [30:11] What does it take to heal ancestral wounds?
      • [32:41] Are we responsible for fixing the entire planet?
      • [37:11] What modern day lessons did Eric learn from studying slavery?
      • [43:15] Can we claim culpability and responsibility for our role in present day atrocities?
      • [47:01] How capitalism and a profit-first mindset leads to exploitative dynamics.


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      Instagram || @ericmcdonaldspeaks 


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