By Amber Berg This article was published in the Oct. 2019 edition of Live Ideas. View it HERE. What is […]
“Imagine being told your whole life that sitting behind the wheel of a car could cause birth defects for your child. Imagine needing to get a man’s permission to receive higher education. Now imagine not being able to walk in the same entrance as your boyfriend, husband, or even brother or father because men and women have to use different entrances.”
Rousseau and Voltaire, influential enlightenment-era philosophes, tackle the threat that violent religious fanaticism poses to the stability of civil society. While Voltaire champions the enlightening power of reason as the way to stop fanaticism, Rousseau claims that there is more positive potential in fanatical energy than meets the eye.
In a personal essay, the author explores the positives and negatives of working from home and the motivational struggles of self-fulfillment and self-motivation. She contemplates how working from home has become a cultural phenomenon and how her future career can and cannot fit into that mold.
Transcendentalism discovered keys to happiness long before modern psychology confirmed them. This is evident in Louisa May Alcott’s enduring novel, Little Women, as well as her other works. This paper explores the ideas of happiness found in Alcott’s works, and how her ideas were influenced by transcendentalism at large.
Feed, The Society of the Spectacle, and The Myth of Sisyphus help answer the question: how do you live authentically in an inauthentic world? Being a reasonable and happy member of society requires neither total rejection nor total acceptance of its norms but a middle ground that balances the two. By making small concessions, you can lead a more fulfilling life.