“…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’
The only people we can think of as normal are those we don’t yet know very well. — Alain de Botton
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… Continue reading We’re all weird
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
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
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
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
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
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… Continue reading Grey Matters
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… Continue reading Newsletter: The end of theory 🤔
“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” — Alain de Botton
“The best cure for one’s bad tendencies is to see them fully developed in someone else.” — Alain de Botton
“A good picture is a bearer of new information…it advances the state of knowledge.” — Alain De Botton on The News Art is one way to get people to care about the data.