How Culture Can Change Your Life
Our societies frequently proclaim their enormous esteem for culture. Music, film, literature and the visual arts enjoy superlative prestige and are viewed by many as getting close to the meaning of life.
But what is culture really for? Why should we bother with it, and how can we best draw value from it in the pursuit of more emotionally fulfilled lives?
How Culture Can Change Your Life proposes that works of culture were all made, in one way or another, with the idea of improving our understanding of the way we live. It suggests:
- That the power of culture emerges best when we rely on it as a therapeutic tool
- Culture aids us in our quest to develop self-knowledge, empathy and communion
- Culture provides a sense of consolation
This class connects a range of cultural masterpieces with our own dilemmas and pains around love, work and society, and invites us to see culture as a resource with which to address the complex agonies of being human.
It provides us with enduring keys to unlocking culture as a way of transforming our lives.
5.45pm Drinks & welcome
6.00pm Class begins
7.30pm Break (times vary)
9.00pm Class finishes
'When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values[…].'
― Simone de Beauvoir
How Culture Can Change Your Life is one of the twelve classes that comprise our core curriculum. Our classes tackle the core themes of emotional life, from relationships and the workplace, to understanding the self and exploring our relationship with culture. You can explore the full curriculum here.
The School of Life Curriculum has been written, designed and quality assured by The School of Life HQ in London, led by Alain de Botton. Presented as an EQ learning journey, these 12 classes and 4 full-day workshops bring together over 10 years of teaching and continuous improvement of our emotional intelligence curriculum around the world.
Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply and have courageous conversations about the issues that matter most, and you’ll be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone in a safe space with other curious, open-minded individuals.
To find out more about what to expect when you come to a class or workshop at The School of Life, take a look inside our London classroom.
These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.