Alain de Botton, is a writer of many books described as ‘philosophy of everyday’. And what’s the use of philosophy if can’t be included in our everyday life..? His books have been bestsellers in almost 30 countries and translated in more than 25 languages.
The art of travel
The Art of Travel is a philosophical look at the ubiquitous but peculiar activity of travelling ‘for pleasure’, with thoughts on Continue reading →
One of the greatest philosophers of ancient Greece, Aristotle, grounded knowledge on experience and tried to apply it more to concrete living. Aristotle assumes that all our actions aim at some end or good, that our ends form a hierarchy and there is one ultimate end. The highest good is that all actions aim, it must be self-sufficient and attainable. As happiness alone satisfies these conditions, happiness is our highest good. Continue reading →
”Nearly all of us buy into what I call the myth of happiness— beliefs that certain adult achievements (marriage, kids, jobs, wealth) will make us forever happy and that certain adult failures or adversities (health problems, not having a life partner, having little money) will make us forever unhappy. This reductive understanding of happiness is culturally reinforced Continue reading →
As the lyric says from the song ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’, from the movie ‘The wizard of Oz’. Bluebird is globally accepted as a symbol of happiness, joy, good health, the renewal of spring and any positive sentiments may be attached to the bluebird.
”Once upon a time, a woodcutter and his wife lived in their cottage on the edge of a large and ancient forest. They had two dear little children who met with a most wonderful adventure….”
The story begins with two child heroes, Tyltyl and Mytyl, who are sent out by the fairy Bérylune into various lands (land of memory, palace of night, kingdom of the future…) to search for the Bluebird of Happiness. Returning home empty-handed, the children see that the bird has been in a cage in their home the whole time. When Myltyl gives the bird as a present to a sick neighbor, the bird flies away. But the moral is that the search for happiness is ongoing, and it is to be found within oneself.
Searching for happiness maybe is always doomed to failure. And maybe happiness comes when you stop looking for it. When you are not trying to be happy. When you forget yourself and focus on something other than you…
‘There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way’