The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy

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Simon & Schuster, 2010 - Philosophy - 260 pages
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The good news is that the great thinkers from history have proposed the same strategies for happiness and fulfilment. The bad news is that these turn out to be the very things most discouraged by contemporary culture. This knotty dilemma is the subject of The Age of Absurdity - a wry and accessible investigation into how the desirable states of wellbeing and satisfaction are constantly undermined by modern life.
Michael Foley examines the elusive condition of happiness common to philosophy, spiritual teachings and contemporary psychology, then shows how these are becoming increasingly difficult to apply in a world of high expectations. The common challenges of earning a living, maintaining a relationship and ageing are becoming battlegrounds of existential angst and self-loathing in a culture that demands conspicuous consumption, high-octane partnerships and perpetual youth. In conclusion, rather than denouncing and rejecting the age, Foley presents an entertaining strategy of not just accepting but embracing today's world - finding happiness in its absurdity.

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Reactionary in spots and redolent of 1990's culture wars in others, it's still pretty interesting for a self-help manual. And a cut-above the one about Women from Mars and Highly Effective people. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Editor:
Michael R. Foley, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology
University of Arizona School of Medicine
Arizona Health Sciences Center
Tucson, AZ
Chief Medical Officer
Scottsdale Healthcare System
Scottsdale, AZ
Assistant Editors:
Thomas H. Strong, Jr., MD
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Banner Thunderbird Samaritan Medical Center
Glendale, AZ
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology
University of Arizona School of Medicine
Arizona Health Sciences Center
Tucson, AZ
Associate Director, Phoenix Perinatal Associates
Phoenix, AZ
Thomas J. Garite, MD
Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of California, Irvine
Director of Research and Education for Obstetrix
Pediatrix Medical Group
Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Steamboat Springs, CO

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