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The second mountain : the quest for a moral life

Author: David Brooks
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Conservative columnist 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
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Genre/Form: Self-help publications
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Brooks
ISBN: 9780812993264 0812993268 198488834X 9781984888341
OCLC Number: 1085578146
Description: xxxiii, 346 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. The two mountains --
Moral ecologies --
The Instagram life --
The insecure overachiever --
The valley --
The wilderness --
Heart and soul --
The committed life --
The second mountain --
The four commitments --
Part II. Vocation --
What vocation looks like --
The annunciation moment --
What mentors do --
Vampire problems --
Mastery --
Part III. Marriage --
The maximum marriage --
The stages of intimacy I --
The stages of intimacy II --
The marriage decision --
Marriage: the school you build together --
Part IV. Philosophy and faith --
Intellectual commitments --
Religious commitment --
A most unexpected turn of events --
Ramps and walls --
Part V. Community --
The stages of community building I --
The stages of community building II --
Conclusion: the relationalist manifesto.
Responsibility: David Brooks.

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Conservative columnist 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.

"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 actually my mountain. 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. In [this book], 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. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives. "--Dust jacket.

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