“…a decision to avoid people shouldn’t imply that one has no desire whatever for company. It may simply reflect a dissatisfaction with what is available. Cynics are only idealists with awkwardly high standards. In Chamfort’s words: ‘It is sometimes said of a man who lives alone that he does not like society. This is like […]
The only people we can think of as normal are those we don’t yet know very well. — Alain de Botton
Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny. Alain de Botton True, books can’t be instantly graded like a Tweet. But giving a book at least two years of work enables the author to go deeper and explore the magic wand […]
On the latest On Being podcast with Krista Tippett, philosopher and best-selling author Alain de Botton talks about his new book Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion. Alain de Botton is an atheist, but his perspective on religion is far more complicated. Instead of debunking religion in thinking that all […]
Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies has been helping people defeat their creative block since the mid-1970s. But Alain de Botton’s The School of Life is taking the concept a bit further and applying the deadlock to other life’s philosophies such as a career crisis, kindness, self-knowledge, calm and confidence.
Inspired by Alain de Button’s tweet, below is a collection of highlights of the word weird from Seth Godin’s 2011 book, We’re All Weird. Weird by choice, on the other hand, flies in the face of the culture of mass and the checklist of normal. The epic battle of our generation is between the status quo […]
More introspective goodies from the School of Life folks, led by philosopher Alain de Botton. These prompt cards remind me of those Brian Eno Oblique Strategies (Amazon) cards that help creatives get unstuck from thinking blocks.
What we’re seeing today is the fusion of Ancient Greek philosophy and modern philosophy into daily business life. Technology companies like Facebook exist for the purpose of solving the human desire to connect with others. “Facebook is a psychological need to solve loneliness.” AirBnB exists to deliver “happy travel,” not just deliver on the false […]
Arts & Culture Why We Look Down on People Who Don’t Earn Very Much A hitman makes a lot of money because there’s few people that can do the job. Meanwhile, craftspeople and teachers get paid little. Instead of judging people by their salaries, we should judge them by their contribution to society. Art helps […]
Read of the week: ‘The map is not the territory’ Scroll down to hear the tracks of the week 🔻 Arts & Culture Start before you’re ready Inspiration can be a distraction. Producing something original requires concentration and distance. Roger Smith is a watchmaker at Hodinkee on the remote Isle of Man, far away from Switzerland and […]
“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” Alain de Botton (see books)
Hi everyone, below is a list of links worth checking out this week. web gems “Marketing is knowing how to communicate what’s special about what you’ve made to the right people.” In this video, author Ryan Holiday explains why artists should take responsibility for both making and marketing their own work. Creative side = business […]
1 response. Perfect, even more ambiguous. Most people associate ambiguity with the color grey. What is it about the color grey 🔘 that indicates neutrality or indecisiveness? “We’re not very good at understanding what it is that we really want. We’re extremely prone to latch onto suggestions from the outside world.” – Alain de Botton […]
I would argue that art matters for therapeutic reasons. It is a medium uniquely well suited to helping us with some of the troubles of inner life: our desire for material things, our fear of the unknown, our longing for love, our need for hope. Art is more than what you see. It’s visceral.
“Enough romanticism about ‘creativity’: it’s about work, confidence, endurance, courage and appetite for suffering.”— Alain de Botton