The Age of Absurdity

The Age of Absurdity

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The good news is that the great thinkers from history have proposed the same strategies for happiness and fulfilment. The bad news is that these turn out to be the very things most discouraged by contemporary culture. This knotty dilemma is the subject of The Age of Absurdity - a wry and accessible investigation into how the desirable states of wellbeing and satisfaction are constantly undermined by modern life. Michael Foley examines the elusive condition of happiness common to philosophy, spiritual teachings and contemporary psychology, then shows how these are becoming increasingly difficult to apply in a world of high expectations. The common challenges of earning a living, maintaining a relationship and ageing are becoming battlegrounds of existential angst and self-loathing in a culture that demands conspicuous consumption, high-octane partnerships and perpetual youth. In conclusion, rather than denouncing and rejecting the age, Foley presents an entertaining strategy of not just accepting but embracing today's world - finding happiness in its absurdity.It was cool to get a tattoo when tattoos were the insignia of the dangerous outlaw a€“ but soon even suburban housewives had tattoos on their bums. ... Burberry, a clothing brand based on a landed-gentry image, launched a marketing campaign to increase sales but was adopted by soccer hooligans, ... We tend to forget favours quickly, but remember dirty tricks forever. ... easy to sin but a bitch to atone.

Title:The Age of Absurdity
Author:Michael Foley
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2010-09-16


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