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I’m not proud to have you all know that philosophy and I never saw eye to eye.
I don’t enjoy grinding my teeth while reading, and if I can’t enjoy the book or benefit from reading it- like a nutrition-oriented book for example- then whatever for?
I’ve been a long-time fan of “The school of life” on Youtube, and I invite you to go and check it out for yourselves. short and wise episodes of wisdom are what they are, really.
But I was still reluctant to pick up a proper philosophy book, thinking it was simply too much for me.
Then came Alain de Botton who simplified matters greatly.
*This post may sound like a sponsored ad or something- when in fact I know no one at “the school of life”- least of all Alain de Botton himself, nor am I linked to anyone else connected to anyone there, as usual- do with your time and money whatever you wish. I am here only to tell you about things that worked for me personally- and may work for you as well- but may not- just the same. so check everything I say to see if it fits you before deciding.
I am currently reading and immensely enjoying the “school of life” book “Great Thinkers: Simple tools from sixty great thinkers to improve your life today”.
If you cannot get it in your library- or lend it from someone- then prompt people to get it for you as a present for your birthday or something. here is the link to Amazon -you can buy the kindle version for 9.99$ -which is -in my opinion, one of the best ways to spend 10$ you will ever meet.
The reason this book is great is that it unites the most known philosophers in human history- and transcribes them to “human language”- you know what I mean.
This allows ordinary people like me. to actually understand and enjoy the lessons of the wisest known people.
The second great thing is -that every philosopher is introduced and explained in essence- in the core value- in the most efficient matter possible -to let the reader not only get acquainted with the work while not falling asleep- but also be able to take something with you. something valuable, wise, and helpful- plus this is all done in the famous dry English humor, so what else does a person need?
“We all have strength enough to bear the misfortune of others”. (La Rochefoucauld).
“Sartre ..made philosophy glamorous…he wrote a dense hard-to-follow book called “being and nothingness”, which enhanced his reputation not so much because people could understand his ideas, but because they couldn’t quite..”
This passage is followed by a very clear explanation of Sartre’s essential writing and Voila! for the first time I knew what (some) people were talking about.
Oh- and this book will also enable you to name-drop famous philosophers in every conversation from now till eternity.
That’s what I call getting your money’s worth.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.