Joe Rogan delivers some solid practical philosophy on climbing Mt. Everest and the nature of nature. Two or three thousand years ago he would be one of the great thinkers of the world, probably communing with Plato or Seneca. Today he is a stand up comedian.
...This (climbing Mt. Everest - S.) is one of those things that is just hard to do. There is a lot of shit that is hard to do, but there is a reward for it. Like when you start your own business - it's hard to do, you gotta leave your job, take a chance, you gotta pay yourself - you know, what the fuck? You gonna start your own business - it's a lot of risk. But if you pull it off you get a reward, you get to lead a comfortable life with your family, you have a successful business, that's a great thing.
There is no reward for Mt. Everest - it's just hard! That's it, it's a trick, you get fucking tricked into doing tough shit. People are like "Only few thousand people ever made it to Mt. Everest". Um, maybe because it sucks?! Do you know how many people go to Hawaii? Like a fucking million every year. It's awesome there.
What the fuck are you doing? You gonna spend your time in something that sucks. You could go to Google Earth right now and see the whole thing from the comfort of your living room, you don't have to leave. There is nothing there, it's just snow, it's the same as the snow at the bottom, it's just way the fuck up there. There is no difference. (...)
"We'll be out there with nature, bro, that's what it's all about - being out there with nature". A lot of people think that. But here's the deal about nature: nature is everything, OK? We don't like to think that our society is nature because we created it. But guess what, this is no different than a fucking beehive. It's just more complicated because people are smarter than bees. Cities are natural - that's why they are everywhere. It's not like there's only one city and everyone's like "What the fuck is that?" Cities are all over the place, they are natural. You know what's not natural? You in the middle of the mountains in the middle of the winter.