How can you reconcile yourself with the lives you will never lead, with possibilities foreclosed, and with nostalgia for lost youth? How can you accept the failings of the past, the sense of futility in the tasks that consume the present, and the prospect of death that blights the future? In this self-help book with a difference, Kieran Setiya confronts the inevitable challenges of adulthood and middle age, showing how philosophy can help you thrive. You will learn why missing out might be a good thing, how options are overrated, and when you should be glad you made a mistake.
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Inspiring as it seems on first inspection, the self-help slogan “live in the present” slips rapidly out of focus. The idea that one can make oneself invulnerable to what happens by detaching from everything but the present is an irresponsible delusion. Despite this, there is an interpretation of living in the present, inspired by Aristotle, that can help us to confront the present crisis and the perpetual crises of struggle and failure in life.
"The Problem of ‘Living in the Present’" is from the September 11, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Kieran Setiya and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
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