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How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life

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Twelve universal topics — including work, love, and family; time, creativity, and empathy — are explored in this book by illuminating the past and revealing the wisdom that people have been missing. Looking to history for inspiration can be surprisingly powerful. In How Should We Live?, cultural thinker Roman Krznaric shares ideas and stories from history — each of which sheds invaluable light on decisions made every day.

There is much to be learned from the ancient Greeks about the different varieties of love, for example, from the Renaissance about living with passion and facing the realities of death, from various indigenous cultures on bringing up our children, and from Japanese pilgrims on the art of travel. History is usually read for pleasure or for insight into current affairs, but this book is practical history — showing that history can teach the art of living, using the past to think about day-to-day life.

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“A fascinating rattlebag of intelligent, stimulating essays on everything from work to love, time to empathy...densely researched but readable, wise, and witty. By taking the long view to debunk some myths of modern life...Krznaric frees us from passing trends to answer the fundamental question: how should we live now?” Financial Times

About the Author

Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker, founding faculty member of the School of Life in London, and creator of the acclaimed animated video “The Power of Outrospection.” He is author of the blog www.outrospection.org, and his articles have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and the Wall Street Journal. He has taught sociology and politics at Cambridge University and City University, London, and advises organizations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He has been named by the Observer as one of Britain's leading lifestyle philosophers.

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ksampson, December 4, 2013 (view all comments by ksampson)
I am unable to rate this as I have. to read it yet, but the topic is of enormous interest to me. I have made changes in my life and in my way of thinking several times and still ask the question of how should I live? I think I am coming closer to the answer as I age but do not expect to have a complete answer, ever. The striving is what seems important. I have this book at the top of my to-read list.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933346847
Subtitle:
Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life
Author:
Krznaric, Roman
Publisher:
Bluebridge
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131201
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in

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