Existentialism is back Carpe diem – ‘seize the day’ – is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But its true spirit has been hijacked by ad men and self-help gurus, reduced to the instant hit of one-click online shopping, or slogans like ‘live in the now’. We need to reclaim it to make sense of our complex, confusing times. The last great expression of carpe diem was in the electrifying existential philosophy of the 1940s. Today it’s an idea that challenges us to confront our mortality and live with greater passion and intention rather than scroll mindlessly on our phones or allow freedom to become a mere choice between brands. In Carpe Diem Regained, Roman Krznaric reinvents existentialism for our age of information and choice overload. An essential and empowering work of contemporary philosophy, the book unveils the surprising ways of seizing the day that humankind has discovered over the centuries, ones we urgently need to revive. Carpe diem is the existentialism for our times.
So many people today are struggling with the increasing pace of change and the constant and excessive busyness that comes with it. Many feel stretched, overwhelmed and exhausted, besieged by the demands of complex projects and workplaces. They are engaged in a kind of "doing" that is more effort and struggle, rather than a "doing" that comes from a place of presence, openness and aliveness. This is not only ineffective and unsustainable, but ultimately ends in stress, anxiety and burnout. This book, by the authors of the award-winning Not Knowing (Best Management Book of the Year), explores the limits and dangers of "doing"; how do they play out in our lives and workplaces; what is driving, or contributing, to our excessive activity; and what would a different kind of "doing" look like, that is less about control and struggle and more about well-being, harmony and creativity.
In this thought-provoking book, Peter Moore examines the often overlooked issues concerning human mortality, the fragile ways in which the dead can be said to “live on” in earthly terms: through their children, their work, the memories of others, their possessions, and even their bodies. Such earthly immortalities raise a host of fascinating questions about our attitudes toward life, and toward the world we leave behind us when we die. To what extent does the meaning we find in our lives depend upon the assumption there will always be a new generation to continue the human adventure? What would it be like if science were able to extend life indefinitely, and is this something already enshrined in the doctrine of reincarnation? Can we solve our anxieties about mortality by learning that life is worth living precisely because we do not live forever? In a generous and eloquent account, these and more are the questions Earthly Immortalities seeks to answer.
How to Be a Craftivist is a manifesto for quiet activism: how to tackle issues not with shouting and aggression but with gentle protest, using the process of ‘making’ to engage thoughtfully in the issues we are about, to influence and effect change. Sarah Corbett – professional campaigner and founder of the Craftivist Collective – shares her journey from burnt-out activist, tired of marching, confrontation and demonizing opposition, towards a more respectful activism: using craft to contemplate global issues, provoke thought and start conversations rather than arguments; to engage, empower and encourage people on and offline to become part of change in the face of injustice, inequality and prejudice. Interwoven with Sarah’s personal stories of causes fought are ideas and suggestions for every novice craftivist. From how to think about the medium itself, to looking at colour, fonts, size and message, here is inspiration for every detail of your creation. In today’s world it’s easy to feel helpless, but here is a book to initiate debates rather than shouting matches, to enable collaboration in place of confrontation. Gentleness can be a great strength, and quiet action can sometimes speak as powerfully amid the noise as the loudest voice. And if we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair... shouldn’t our activism be beautiful, kind and fair?
12 Tools for transforming everyday experiences into lasting happiness
Author: Rick Hanson
Publisher: Random House
Your key to lasting happiness, self-love and inner peace '[Hanson is] a master of his craft' - Prof Mark Williams, bestselling author of Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world Rick Hanson, author of the New York Times bestselling Hardwiring Happiness, is known for his trademark blend of neuroscience, positive psychology and contemplative practices. In Resilient, he explains how to build the very foundations of well-being by harnessing the power of positive experiences to build an unshakeable core. Dr. Hanson poses that anyone can build up resilience, the key to a positive mindset, unshakeable sense of self and the ability to get back up again and withstand anything life throws your way. He has distilled 40 years of clinical work and teaching into 12 practical, highly effective tools to help you build your resilience. Working with these tools allows you to enter a positive feedback cycle, which creates a sense of well-being, which in turn establishes resilience, and ultimately powers itself to strengthen you. Developed from his incredibly popular online course called The Foundations of Well-Being, here is the groundwork you need to meet any challenge in life head on and to live with an open heart.
Rachel is a well-established business woman who has her head screwed on properly. She is self-sufficient and a highly successful woman. You could say she has a pretty good life and isn’t missing much, but when she meets Liz she realizes just how much she is actually missing. This story takes us behind the romance and into the lives of Rach and Liz. My hope is that through this book my writing will give you a sense that life may send you rain, it may even send you storms, but that love can endure and love can triumph.
In his popular book, Campolo impresses upon readers that "if you're living without passion and purpose, you're not really living at all". As only Tony can do, he dynamically infuses readers with his contagious enthusiasm for life. For anyone who is depressed, stressed or feeling that something is missing in life, Carpe Diem will show how to seize the day with passion.
The Rococo Revival in European Literature and the Arts, 1830-1910
Author: Ken Ireland
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
This is the first comprehensive study of the Rococo revival in nineteenth-century European literature and the arts, and examines developments in France and Germany, England and Austria, as well as contributions from America and Russia. The first half of the book comprises a thematic account of literary examples of the Rococo revival organized into perceptual modes: theatrical, oriental, pastoral, and musical. The second half is chronological, tracing shifts in cultural ambience between 1830 and 1910 in twenty-year stages, dealing with different types phenomena: critical perspectives, decorative arts, painting, music, and literature. All readers drawn to the literature, arts, and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and especially to period styles and interartistic relations, will be engaged by this study, which also includes sixty-nine illustrations. Ken Ireland is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University.