In episode six we hear from Manuel Stucki & Philipp Portenier on the topics of creativity, being content and lowering expectations. This conversation fits the broader theme of this podcast series, which is to shed some light onto the question of how to be human in a warming world. Manuel is a physiotherapist and semi-professional musician. Philipp holds a masters degree in philosophy and is also an ordained buddhist monk from the Soto Zen school. Manuel and Philipp have been lifelong friends and live in Switzerland. They share a passion for music, enjoy engaging in philosophical conversations and are very interested in the role that time or “having time” plays in our daily lives.
During the conversation, Manuel and Philipp share with us why they believe that boredom is important for creativity and how they go about the sometimes tricky business of being content with the way we spend our time. They also tell us why it is valuable to think of time spent together with other people not simply as time spent together but rather as time shared together. We hear from Manuel’s and Philipp’s own personal experiences and also get some insights from Philipp’s perspective as a zen monk.