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The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (edição: 2020)

de David Brooks (Autor)

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Philosophy. Self-Improvement. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.
??Deeply moving, frequently eloquent and extraordinarily incisive.???The Washington Post
Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy??who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn??t my mountain after all. There??s another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain.
And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment.
In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.
In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it??s also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme??and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making
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Título:The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
Autores:David Brooks (Autor)
Informação:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2020), 384 pages
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Weekend home sick = finally finished this book!! Well worth a couple years reading slowly.
  johanna.florez21 | May 27, 2024 |
I enjoyed the first third of the book and the last chapter. The middle left me wondering why his discovery of religion has anything to do with overcoming tribalism and battling toxic individualism as that is the perfect breading ground for such things. He had good points on forming communities and helping each other, then contradicted himself in how religion is a crucial part of that, after saying religion isn't the same as personal belief - all in an effort to seem relatable? To me it came across as preachy and heavy-handed.

There is a lot of great content in the book, and a lot to be learned, but you will need to be patient while he works through some stuff. ( )
  travisriddle | Dec 25, 2023 |
David Brooks’s The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life provided guidelines for readers seeking to pursue a better life. He wrote about two hypothetical mountains. The first is ego-centric that’s when an individual is bent on having a career. While at a university such a person focuses on a major, he hopes will fulfill his dreams. The goal is to get a good job, get promoted, and excel at his work. Soon, this employee rises to the top, and feels as though he has conquered the world by being independent.
At this level of accomplishment, he feels on top of the first mountain. Suddenly, he suffers a wakeup call. He realizes that there was a lack of meaning in this quest. This awareness might have resulted from a death in the family, a sudden illness, accident, depression, or a feeling of despondency. Now, he finds himself in a valley below. But while in despair he rethinks his motivations for success, and comes to the conclusion that he should pursue a different course in life.
This sudden fall and sometimes humiliation have spurred him on a new trajectory. He arises out of this painful doldrum to pursue new goals. He begins to think about interdependence and how he could be of service to others. This causes him to join an organization, embrace some group that he likes, and to live a completely different lifestyle. This is when he has transitioned to the second mountain of his life. This individual may be much older now, and as a result was able to discover his true calling in life.
Brooks also wrote about marriage, the mistakes he has made, divorce, and remarriage. He also discussed the ramifications of faith. His embracement of Judaism and Christianity that followed, and how he came to be shaped by both traditions. In the latter part of the book, he pointed out why community was necessary. Brooks dissected some social organizations to show why they became successful in serving their communities. He ended the book with a manifesto that was basically a recapitulation of his discussion in the text. ( )
  erwinkennythomas | Feb 4, 2023 |
The book is all over the place, but each section was worth reading. The section on faith talking about Christianity vs Judaism reminded me of Harry Kemelman's Rabbi Small's discussions. ( )
  Castinet | Dec 11, 2022 |
I found parts of it interesting and useful, but other parts repetitious and uninteresting. Worth a read, though. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
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Philosophy. Self-Improvement. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.
??Deeply moving, frequently eloquent and extraordinarily incisive.???The Washington Post
Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy??who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn??t my mountain after all. There??s another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain.
And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment.
In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.
In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it??s also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme??and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making

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