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Mar

Spring Reading Prescription

GreenPorno_Snail1 With the sensual awakening that is spring at last upon us, we bibliotherapists are pondering the visual delights of reading. Reading is such a sensual experience. I remember my first books, which were old and fusty, not by their content but by their...
Posted by The School of Life
30
Mar

Mark Vernon on Mary Warnock

6a00f48d0a1ace0001011016cc1134860d-320pi Mary Warnock had powerful things to say at the Sunday Sermon. The 'congregation' was impressed by her honest and open reflections. She began by commenting on the shame felt in Parliament right now, resulting from the expenses scandals. Never before had she felt it...
Posted by The School of Life
29
Mar

Roman Krznaric on Empathy

4150611965_1e9a68942c There is a revolution happening in the playgrounds of West London. My five-year-old niece recently saw a girl bullying one of her classmates. The teacher intervened and made the bully put on her victim's pair of shoes, so she would understand what...
Posted by The School of Life
26
Mar

Nick Southgate on Being Effortless

184054_Sisyphus%20II Although we may recognize the importance of hard work, the glamour of success tends to trump it in our admirations. The graft and grind of real effort is put into shadow by those whose achievements appear effortless. The office star promoted ahead...
Posted by The School of Life
22
Mar

Mary Warnock on Morality

Morality Since the 1980s there has been a growing division between private morality and public policy. While people may be scrupulous about their conduct in their private capacity, they are embarrassed to use the vocabulary of morals when it comes to public life. This...
Posted by The School of Life
19
Mar

Catherine Blyth on Family

Viki-vik2 Who are your family?  If you think the answer's obvious, you may groan at reports that Pete Docter, director of Up, dedicated his Oscar to 'the Pixar family' and his wife and kids.  I groaned, then checked my fattest dictionary, and found...
Posted by The School of Life
14
Mar

Alain de Botton on Gratitude

Thank-you One of the differences between religious and secular lives is that in the former, one says thank you all the time: when eating, going to bed, waking up etc. Why does the secular world tend not to say thank you? At...
Posted by The School of Life
08
Mar

On Mutuality

Falling dominos You and I have almost certainly never met, but what happens to you matters to me your health, your happiness and your wealth and vice versa. Mutuality rather than independence is the chief characteristic of human life, whatever we'd like to...
Posted by The School of Life
05
Mar

Robert Rowland Smith On Being Happy

H For centuries, the pursuit of happiness has been paralleled by the pursuit of the definition of happiness. From Aristotle through Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill and right up to Gretchen Ruben's recent Happiness Project in America, brains have been switched on to...
Posted by The School of Life
03
Mar

Charles Leadbeater on Perspective

Perspective 4 Modern life is an amazing deal. If you make it to this time tomorrow you'll have gained, for free, another five hours, by just turning up for life. Yet this huge achievement, the ever-increasing life expectancy, comes with scary, unintended consequences: loneliness,...
Posted by The School of Life
01
Mar

Alain de Botton on Distraction

One of the more embarrassing and self-indulgent challenges of our time is how we can relearn to concentrate. The past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think, without succumbing to...
Posted by The School of Life

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