by Alain De Botton: Status Anxiety. ISBN: # | Date: Description: PDF-8feba | Anyone who's ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone. What do you do when you find yourself imprisoned in your room for 6 weeks? Xavier de Maistre, a year-old Frenchman found himself in this uneasy situation. In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to understand our For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and.
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De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things' The Times 'De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life recommend the lotus position' Daily Mail 'Measured, amused, compassionate. Share at. More from this Author.
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So what is this new book purportedly about? People are and have always been anxious, De Botton surmises, about their place in the world, about what other people think of them. We might feel ourselves to be failures in love, or financial disaster zones, or cogs in a corporate machine. In the first half of the book, entitled "Causes", the author proceeds gaily by means of laboriously explicated citation, potted histories and tidbits of information.
We are told of an interesting thing called the industrial revolution and treated to a Schott's Miscellany - style list of fascinating facts about inventions such as Corn Flakes and dry-cleaning , and we accompany Nixon on his trip to Moscow to show off the incredible luxuries of an average American home. The upshot of all this is that our expectations have been unfairly increased by modernity's abundance.
Status anxiety, it is sug gested, is more common than ever in today's wealthy western societies because there is so much more to envy.
Luckily we are not left hanging too long on the horns of this dilemma, since the second half of the book offers "Solutions" to our unhappiness, drawn from the five spheres of philosophy, art, politics, Christianity and bohemia.
Each of these, apparently, can allow us to re-examine our priorities and re-engineer our status systems.
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The lessons from this half of the book are edifying. downloading a new car will not make us happy. Jesus was a holy man, and yet a humble carpenter.
Some people have valued poetry more than money. Dropping out of the rat race and lounging around in the park with topless women might be fun.
It makes you think, doesn't it? He quotes an English translation of Baudelaire's poem "L'Albatros", which compares a poet to an albatross captured and humiliated by sailors. The poem's last line is given as: "He cannot walk because of his great wings.
It would be interesting to know who translated this poem of Baudelaire's, since whoever it was I hesitate to jump to the conclusion that it was De Botton himself has made a crude mistake of vocabulary. He or she has a sailor tease the albatross's beak "with a branding-iron".
The mocking cruelty of sticking a pipe in a bird's beak is far more poignant than the simple sadism of brandishing a red-hot poker at it. Variously abused as it is, De Botton's source material is taken from a very conservatively defined western canon.About the Author. The Americans had a lavish lifestyle and most of it was just to make the "neighbours" envious. A Novel.
Status anxiety is certainly worse than ever, because the possibilities for achievement sexual, financial, professional seem to be greater than ever. The faux-tentative "may" in that sentence, as though hesitantly proffering a complex and difficult idea when what is being said is, in fact, shatteringly banal, is also characteristic.
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