Arthur Brooks reading from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and discussing the nature of being fully alive.
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There’s no doubt that I am a purpose-driven person, but I can’t actually pinpoint the origin of this sense of purpose. I’m both an atheist, and an existentialist, so where does this drive of mine come from? Let me ask you – where do you find your sense of purpose?
Arthur C. Brooks is a thinker and a writer about leadership, and, more broadly, a good life. He holds academic positions at Harvard, he was previously head of a conservative think tank, and he writes a regular article in The Atlantic called ‘How to Build a Life.’ But, those are just his jobs. What’s Arthur C. Brooks Why?
Arthur reads two pages from book 4 of ‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius. [reading begins at 21:00]
Hear us discuss:
- Discernment of your purpose. [12:41]
- Mastering transgressive acts: “Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you.” [28:12]
- Building I-Thou relationships: “Never use your values as a weapon, only as a gift.” [32:15]
- Transitions between different strengths in life. [35:23]
- What it takes to become an elder. [38:06]
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Arthur Brooks | Website | From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life | Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt
Marcus Aurelius | Meditations
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