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UNCOMFORTABLECONVERSATIONSWITHGREGORY

Get Uncomfortable. Find Yourself.

Sometimes we need a little shove outside our comfort zones. Join world-traveling entrepreneur and best-selling personal development author Gregory Diehl as he leads his guests on introspective journeys about love, sexuality, relationships, drug use, travel, politics, spirituality, the meaning of life, and whatever it takes to deconstruct your fundamental sense of self. Prepare to be talked down to. Prepare to reconsider everything you thought you knew about yourself. Resolve the contradiction within you so that you can live a better life.

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UCWG 040: What if You Could Design Your Own Country? Starting a Sovereign Nation from Scratch with Vít Jedlička, President of Liberland.

Vít Jedlička is the president of the world’s youngest country. His new micronation, the Free Republic of Liberland, is only three square miles in size. It was established in April 2016 in an area between Croatia and Serbia which had been unclaimed by either country for many years. Unlike other emerging territories on Earth, there are no other claims to ownership on the land Liberland has been established on.

Founded primarily on libertarian values, the nation of Liberland is designed to cater to people who do not identify with the values of the place they were arbitrarily born into. Vít believes that people everywhere should be free to set up lives for themselves where they are free to live how they want, in line with their preferences and values. For most people in the world, their nationality and cultural values define their behavior and opportunities more than any other single factor in their lives. Without extraordinary effort to take these matters into their own hands by moving outside their culture and acquiring new nationalities, they remain slave to the social conditions of their birth.

What defines a nation today is nothing more than an arbitrary agreement among world powers of which boundaries matter and which do not. Throughout the world, there are over 100 areas which are considered disputed territories or demi-nations. Each is fighting for recognition among the leading world powers that are always in flux and generally taken for granted. The world does not have to look the way that it does, ruled by the groups that currently claim the power to make rules and raise armies to enforce their views. With changes in technology and philosophy, the layout of the world will evolve rapidly.

In its short lifespan, Liberland has acquired nearly half a million applicants for citizenship through its merit system, which will eventually award passports and citizenship to those who provide significant value for the development of the country. The team behind Liberland currently has the task of determining which of the many applicants adhere properly to the values they have declared for the nation, and which have earned the right to call themselves citizens by the time they are ready to start operating as an official part of the world political landscape.

Liberland is slowly being developed with physical structures and community activities, though it is still difficult to access the land. Currently, Croatia prevents entry into Liberland. In doing so, they are acknowledging that Liberland is a separate nation from itself. If Vít and his team go through the proper channels to establish their nationhood, Liberland will someday be respected by existing world powers as a real nation. Whether or not that ever happens, right now it still stands for an important principle of freedom and individual choice in how cultures evolve. Someday, nations will be far smaller and more personalized than the 196 monoliths we have now. Someday, they nations may be obsolete entirely.

Vít Jedlička, President of Liberland, Uncomfortable Conversations With Gregory Diehl
Vít Jedlička, President of Liberland, Uncomfortable Conversations With Gregory Diehl

Things mentioned:

Liberland:

https://liberland.org/

Vít Jedlička

https://www.facebook.com/vit.jedlicka/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%ADt_Jedli%C4%8Dka

Montevideo Convention, rules for starting a country:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montevideo_Convention

List of disputed territories in the world:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_territorial_disputes

Artsakh, between Armenia and Azerbaijan:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagorno-Karabakh_Republic

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_status_of_Artsakh

http://www.president.am/en/Artsakh-nkr/

Abkhazia, Georgia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abkhazia

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-18175030

Somaliland:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somaliland

www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14115069

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization:

http://www.unpo.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unrepresented_Nations_and_Peoples_Organization

Previous Episodes:

UCWG 040: What if You Could Design Your Own Country? Starting a Sovereign Nation from Scratch with Vít Jedlička, President of Liberland.

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UCWG 039: How Do You Take the First Step of the Exceptional Path? Overcoming the Burden of Lifestyle Choice and Arriving at Your Own Authentic Values.

A regular listener of Uncomfortable Conversations With Gregory joins the show to have an emotionally vulnerable discussion about breaking away from the ordinary life she is trapped in. She learns

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UCWG 038: Why Do Men Today Fail to Develop Mature Masculinity? Reclaiming the Masculine Essence with Nate Lind of Legendary-Man.com

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UCWG 037: How Can Losing Your Sight Enhance the Clarity of Your Mind? Using Blindness to Overcome Cognitive Bias with Isaac Lidsky, Author of Eyes Wide Open

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UCWG 036: Isn’t Life Coaching Kind of Bullshit? Finding the Good in an Infamous Industry with Marc Mawhinney of Natural Born Coaches.

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UCWG 035: How Does Looking at the World as a Single Destination Transform You? Developing a New Philosophy of Travel with Nicos Hadjicostis, Author of Destination Earth.

Nicos Hadjicostis wrote the book Destination Earth after traveling to more than 70 countries in 6 years in his 40’s. His goal was to learn to look at all of

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UCWG 034: Why Should Anyone Give a Damn About Spiritual Enlightenment? How Meditation, Meta-Cognition, and Linguistic Relativity Shape the Egoic Self.

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UCWG 033: Are Disruptive Events Essential to an Exceptional Life? Young People Escaping Conventional Career Paths with JC Preston of New Inceptions.

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UCWG 032: When Does Personal Development Evolve into Interpersonal Development? Collaboration Among Those Who Share Your Values with Parker Harris of Junto Global.

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UCWG 031: Do You Dare To Follow Your Hero’s Journey to Find Self-Actualization? Life Purpose As The Highest Priority With Leo Gura of Actualized.org

Leo Gura is the founder of www.actualized.org, and the host of a popular Youtube channel on finding your life’s purposes and deep spirituality beyond stories. Leo and Gregory discuss the

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UCWG 30: How Do Heroes Test Their Resolve On The Mantle Of Reality? Internalizing Your Motivation and Finding the Will to Act in Any Situation.

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UCWG 029: How do Neuroatypicals Function in an Ordinary Society? Low Latent Inhibition, Divergent Thinking, and the Problem of Social Integration.

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UCWG 028: How Do You Find Closure With Your Emotional Baggage? Moving On From A Decade of Negative Associations And Unfulfilled Expectations.

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UCWG 027: Are You Self-Aware Enough to Parent Your Own Offspring? Unschooling and Unconventional Child Rearing in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

At age 33, Antonio Pondichi had gone from growing up poor in communist Romania, to move a comfortably luxurious life in New York City as an adult where everything he

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UCWG 026: How Do You Experience Intimacy with the Various People in Your Life? Consciously Forming the Right Kinds of Relationships with Simone Sauter.

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UCWG 025: What Would it Take to Destroy You? Breaking Out of the Prison of Comfort with Stacy Cross and The Comfort Killers.

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UCWG 024: What are the Processes and Objectives of Your Transformational Journey? 10 years and 100 Life Goals Accomplished by Tal Gur.

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UCWG 023: Can Your Empathy Be Rational? Deconstructing Sociopaths and the False Dichotomy of Intellect and Emotion.

The guest today is a self-professed sociopath who believes that the more self-aware you are, the fewer emotions you feel. He claims that almost everyone with an IQ over 140

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UCWG 022: What Would It Take for You to Kill Yourself? The Futility of Trying to be Bigger than Your Own Death.

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UCWG 021: How Can Life Be Happy, Perfect, Magical, Wonderful, and Comfortable All the Time? Feeling Good No Matter What Shitty Choices You Make.

Welcome to Comfortable Conversations With Gregory! On today’s extra special episode, we talk about how special and important you are and how to stay comfortable in any situation. Make sure

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UCWG 020: Does Your Profession Align with Your Purpose? Matching Actions with Identity.

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UCWG 019: Are You Accountable for Your Subjective Preferences? Identifying and Living Out Your Principles.

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UCWG 018: How Do You Find Where You Belong? Decentralizing the Powers of Society at Fort Galt.

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UCWG 017: Is Your Personal Brand a Lie? Showing the World Who You Really Are.

Bobby Casey works in the controversial “offshore services” industry helping people structure their business and manage their money with little-known opportunities around the world. These kinds of activities have earned

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UCWG 016: What is the Value of Human Life? Knowing Your Worth and the Fate of Society.

“The only way you can determine who deserves to live or die is to know what the point of life is.” Many have defined humanity’s essence or unique value by

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UCWG 015: Do You Accept Yourself? Seeking Approval and Fearing Rejection from Others.

A young woman learns that the rejection she feared so much from other people was only a mask for her own missing self-worth.

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UCWG 014: What Keeps You Engaged in Reality? Finding Your Authentic Narrative.

Travis Barton is a life coach from California. He felt that he was trapped on a singular path as a young adult, until he discovered that he was about to

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UCWG 013: Where Do You Stop Examining Your Thoughts? Intuition and Rational Analysis.

Is intuition just unexamined thought? Or something beyond rational analysis? Many believe that when we get a strong feeling, a “deep inner knowing” about something that is contains a supernatural

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UCWG 012: Will You Survive the Cultural Singularity? Third Culture Kids and Embracing Cultural Homelessness.

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UCWG 011: How Do You Choose Your Identity? Influencing and Letting Yourself Be Influenced.

“As soon as I use words to describe myself, I limit myself.” Today’s guest, a young man named Josh Plotkin, enters the conversation with a prepared script of the identity

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UCWG 010: Do You Own Your Darkness? Bringing Skeletons and Demons into the Light.

We live in a world that encourages us to acknowledge only the bright and positive parts of ourselves. We are trained to ignore or outright deny anything capable of causing

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UCWG 009: How Does Culture Define Your Place in the World? Sacrificing Conventionality for Unconventional Fulfillment.

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UCWG 008: Are You Living a Non-Contradictory Existence? Breaking Free From Your Idealized Conception of Self.

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UCWG 007: Why Do You Believe What You Believe About Relationships? Resetting Conceptions About Love and Romance.

Simone Sauter is a life coach specializing in getting over heartbreak. She joins Gregory to discuss a recent bout of heartbreak that took even her by surprise. Together, they try

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UCWG 006: Does Knowledge without Power Lead to Idle Suffering? Matching Intellect with Boldness of Action.

Very often, our greatest suffering stems from our ability to conceive of things we cannot obtain. The explorers who feel this great pain must either suffer with it internally or

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UCWG 005: Are You Willing to Abandon Your Sacred Cows at Any Age? Leaving the Jehovah’s Witness Cult and Your Own Family at 38.

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UCWG 004: How Do Artists and Intellectuals Love and Create Differently? Finding the Common Ground in Dichotomous Ideologies.

The more familiar we get with one way of seeing things or interpreting information, the easier it is to forget that not everyone shares our perspective. This difference is perhaps

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UCWG 003: Is Your Identity Strong Enough to Overcome the Stories That Consume You? Making Peace with Trump’s Presidency and Other Negative Interpretations.

Do you know what you care about? Are you so sure in you principles, mission, and values that you are immune to interference from the chaotic events of the world

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UCWG 002: What is the Opportunity Cost of Wanting to Experience Everything? The Consequences of Spreading Yourself Too Thin.

Asha, the wife of guest Eddy from last show, continues the conversation about polyamorous marriage from the female side of the equation. She describes her lust for new experience as

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UCWG 001: How Many Dicks Would You Have to Suck to Know You Weren’t Gay? The Practical Limits of Exploration.

There’s an ongoing debate around the world about the nature of homosexuality. Are you born a certain way? Is it possible to turn yourself straight or gay through willpower and

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