Alain de Botton: ‘Cynics are only idealists with awkwardly high standards’

“…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… Continue reading Alain de Botton: ‘Cynics are only idealists with awkwardly high standards’

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Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists

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… Continue reading Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists

Alain de Botton on Fusing Ancient Greek Wisdom with Modern Capitalism

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… Continue reading Alain de Botton on Fusing Ancient Greek Wisdom with Modern Capitalism

Newsletter # 62: Air Jordans, Teju Cole’s “Open City,” and Alain de Botton on How Philosophy Can Change Your Life

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… Continue reading Newsletter # 62: Air Jordans, Teju Cole’s “Open City,” and Alain de Botton on How Philosophy Can Change Your Life

‘The map is not the territory,’ Alain de Botton’s Atheism, Seth Godin on social media, NEW beats and more

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… Continue reading ‘The map is not the territory,’ Alain de Botton’s Atheism, Seth Godin on social media, NEW beats and more