By arguably Australias greatest author, a succinct and intense meditation on what makes a happy life. Happiness surely is among the simplest of human emotions and the most spontaneous, begins David Malouf. But, what is it exactly that were looking for when we chase happiness? At this unique moment in history when privileged, industrialized nations have diminished much of what makes us unhappy-illness, famine-why are we still unable to find happiness, resorting instead to yoga, church, match.com, drugs, clinical therapy, and retail therapy? Malouf doesnt have a quick fix on offer. Instead he takes us through an exploration of happiness consulting with, among many others, Kant, Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger, and Thomas Jefferson, who he argues may have first divided the notion of happiness from material satisfaction when he crafted his most famous demand: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Happy Life is at once a penetrating, entertaining, and eminently readable work.
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January 08, 2013
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