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23 Things They Donıııt Tell You About Capitalism(23 haqiqa yakhfunaha ıııanka bi-khusus al-raııısmaliya)
Chang, Ha-Joon
 
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ISBN-10 :  999219426X
ISBN-13 :  9789992194263
Publisher :  Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
Pub Date :  December 2013
Pages :  272
Binding :  Paperback
   
List Price :  $ 7.95
Availability :  Out Of Stock
   
Description
#1NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER • Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.

Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy—who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn’t my mountain after all. There’s another, bigger mountain out there that is actuallymymountain.

And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment.

InThe Second Mountain,David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it’s also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme—and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. InThe Second Mountain,Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.Praise for David Brooks’sThe Road to Character
 
“A hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story.”The New York Times Book Review
 

“This profound and eloquent book is written with moral urgency and philosophical elegance.”—Andrew Solomon, author ofFar from the TreeandThe Noonday Demon
 
“The voice of the book is calm, fair and humane. The highlight of the material is the quality of the author’s moral and spiritual judgments.”—The Washington Post
 

“A powerful, haunting book that works its way beneath your skin.”—The Guardian(U.K.)
 

The Social Animal
 
“Provocative . . . seeks to do nothing less than revolutionize our notions about how we function and conduct our lives.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
 

“[A] fascinating study of the unconscious mind and its impact on our lives.”The Economist
 

“Compulsively readable . . . Brooks’s considerable achievement comes in his ability to elevate the unseen aspects of private experience into a vigorous and challenging conversation about what we all share.”&mda
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