“To be a good human… is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control… It is based on a trust in the uncertainty, and on a willingness to be exposed. It’s based on being more like a plant than a jewel: something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility.”–Martha Nussbaum
Have you seen the litany of reviews for Oliver Burkeman’s book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking? They are everywhere right now. This book seems to have caught the imagination of many writers and columnists out there. And, I can see why after catching this excerpt on Salon this morning.
Here’s an interview with Burkeman at Five Books, which references other books on the same topic.
I will review it myself shortly. If you have read it I would love to hear what you think in the comments.