Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Alain de Botton

Not to repeat myself, as I did post about another column by Alain de Botton not long ago, but this one is really interesting....

"The role of the commentator on the environment is at one level to enable us to notice changes that are occurring. But at another level, it is also a question of getting us to care. And this is a tall order, for we are being asked to worry about the possible reduction in the number of our species three generations hence, when we all have to deal with a far more imminent problem - our own death.

We are being asked to worry about other people who are not yet born as much as we worry about ourselves. Never before in the history of humanity have we been asked to care so much about others of whom we know so little. Our empathetic powers have been stretched to breaking point."

Alain is also the author of "The Architecture of Happiness", next on my list of books to read, I think.

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