Learning To Love The Bomb (And Other Advice To Live By From Stephen Colbert)

I identify with Colbert so much in these paragraphs:

“The first director I had at Second City said, ‘You have to learn to love the bomb,’ and I didn’t know what he meant for a very long time,” Colbert says. “But there’s something nice about getting to the point where you enjoy the feeling that people aren’t laughing. Imagine a child drinking beer for the first time and they can’t possibly understand why you like it, and you can’t possibly explain why it tastes good. But there’s a buzz to failing and not dying.”


He leapt at the chance to head to the Persian Gulf this summer, along with a bare-bones production staff, to entertain the troops and broadcast the show for a week. “It’s an honor,” he says. “My grandmother always said, ‘Never refuse a legitimate adventure, and it’s up to you to figure out what legitimate means.’ This is a legitimate adventure.”


“Jon has been doing this for 11 years, and I want to like this as much as I do now 11 years down the road. But I like it as much now as I did when I started, even those days when I feel like I’m going to get physically sick from the exhaustion,” he says earnestly. “Just last week, it was a day when we were killing ourselves but right before the show, I had this sudden feeling of, ‘I can’t believe I get to do this again. This is the greatest job in the world.’ “

And, finally, while we’re on the subject of learning and Stephen Colbert, if you missed last night’s Word segment “Learning Is Fundamental,” you really should click this link and remedy that mistake. It’s great.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.