How we should live

On some level we fear boredom. A deeper explanation is that we afraid that an extended pause would give us the time to realize that our lives are not as meaningful and as fulfilled as we would like them to be.The time for contemplation has become has an object of fear, a demon.

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How Should We Live: History’s Forgotten Wisdom on Love,
Time, Family, Empathy, and Other Aspects of the Art of Living
by Maria Popova

“How to pursue the art of living has become the great quandary of our age… The future of the art of living can be found by gazing into the past.”

“He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth,” Goethe famously proclaimed. Thomas Hobbes extolled “the principal and proper work of history being to instruct, and enable men by the knowledge of actions past to bear themselves prudently in the present and providently in the future.” It is this notion of “applied history” that cultural historian and philosopher Roman Krznaric — who gave us How to Find Fulfilling Work, one of the best psychology and philosophy books of 2013 — places at the center of How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life (public library).

Part psychological manual, part cultural manifesto, part philosophical memoir of our civilization’s collective conscience, the book explores yesteryear’s great works of philosophy, social science, economics, anthropology, and cultural mythology. Krznaric trawls the timeless to surface the timely and excavate practical ideas about the art of living, about how we, today, can live better, richer, more fulfilling lives — ideas across love, work, family, time, money, death, creativity, and more.

The rest of the article can be read here : http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/12/02/how-should-we-live-roman-krznaric/

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