Martin Hägglund’s, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom

Martin Hägglund’s, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, is one of the most sublime books I’ve ever read—and I’ve devoured thousands of books in my life. It is a work of great erudition and originality; it is carefully and conscientiously crafted; it overflows with thoughtful insights, poetic passages, and sparkling prose. It is, quite … Continue reading Martin Hägglund’s, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom

Finding Meaning in a Life Prison Sentence

In 1930 the historian and philosopher Will Durant—who was at that time a famous public intellectual—received a number of letters from persons declaring their intent to commit suicide. The letters asked him for reasons to go on living. In response Durant asked a number of luminaries for their views on the meaning of life, publishing … Continue reading Finding Meaning in a Life Prison Sentence

Should You Move Out of the USA if Possible?

The good advice (original title: Le bon conseil), by Jean-Baptiste Madou. There are many considerations here: one’s age, occupation, income, family status, foreign language abilities, potential destination, etc. Clearly moving to Central Africa would be unwise but what about moving to a country notably better than the US in terms of happiness?