Did you go to the school reunion of any kind in the bustling Spring-festival holiday? Did you have fun, or did you regret that you went? According to Alain de Botton, an England philosopher and writer of many best sellers, none of us should ever go to the school reunion. Perhaps you should check out why, and you`ll know how to behave when the next Spring Festival comes.
What is in the TED Talk
Today`s TEDTalk starts with career anxiety, a global phenomenon, and then, the fast tempo cascades insightful and humorous ideas about why people grow anxious about their jobs, why people go desperate in seeking material goods, why people are having higher expectations about themselves than it was ever before, and most importantly, what is the gentle way in dealing with all these and how to maintain clam when pursuing success (you have to define success for yourself!). The talk is just witty, because every point he has made is like spoiled-down wisdom from various disciplines, including sociology, psychology, Greek philosophy, art, modern mass communication and classical literature, etc.
Why share this talk
One of the topics my father and I often debate about over the dining table is why people in Africa is destitute. He goes with “nature”, arguing that Africa is just too hot for people to be as hard-working as people anywhere else in the world. While I prefer “nurture”, insisting that bad institutions and the legacy of colonial history are to be blamed. And I started to find a not-so-sympathetic logic behind a lot of social issues. People, however kind they might be in the daily life, tend to show less and less sympathy for themselves, for their own kinds, for animals, and for the nature. We put too much emphasis on money and power, but there are also other beautiful things in the world, like logos, love and science, etc.
This talk offers me much room to think -a gentle way to make peace with the inner self and the world, and to notch up your own success.
Hope it is also a pleasant enlightenment to you.
Small resolutions in 2015
Keep the habit of recording life moments
Start a project