The Good Life
"No one can promise you that a life lived for others will bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it's certain that nothing else will."Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in The Good Life, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living?His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness. The good life is one defined by our capacity for selflessness, the quality of our relationships and our willingness to connect with others in a useful way.Mackay examines what is known as the Golden Rule through the prisms of religion, philosophy, politics, business and family life. And he explores the numerous and often painful ways we distract ourselves from this central principle: our pursuit of pleasure, our attempts to perfect ourselves and our children, and our conviction that we can have our lives under control.Argued with all the passion and intelligence we have come to expect from one of Australia's most prolific and insightful authors, The Good Life is a book that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly even change the way we live our lives.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PriscillaM - LibraryThing
Another great book by Hugh Mackay. I really admire this man. He always seems to make such sense to me and expresses it wonderfully. If only we could all just live by "The Golden Rule" ! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tandah - LibraryThing
The book is a great 'call to action' on slowing down and considering the quality of our lives and impact on our community - though think at least one or two of the chapters could have been removed. Lots of common sense wisdom and an easy book to read. Read full review