Alain de Botton

Status Anxiety

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    mariareadsshared an impression2 years ago
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    winmaulidan_has quoted3 months ago
    How are we affected by an absence of love? Why should being ignored drive us to a ‘rage and impotent despair’ beside which torture itself would be a relief?
    winmaulidan_has quoted4 months ago

    Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Edinburgh, 1759): ‘To what purpose is all the toil and bustle of this world? What is the end of avarice and ambition, of the pursuit of wealth, of power and pre-eminence? Is it to supply the necessities of nature? The wages of the meanest labourer can supply them. What then are the advan
    winmaulidan_has quoted6 months ago
    Similarly, philosophy does not deny the utility of certain kinds of anxiety. As successful insomniacs have long emphasized, it may be the anxious who best survive.

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