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By Tom Butler-Bowdon

What's the literature of risk? For over 2,000 years, philosophers were drawn to what makes for “the strong existence” by way of the power to supply for oneself and one’s kin, benefit from the pleasures of tradition and nature, perform political existence, and make a few contribution to society. The literature of probability is unquestionably approximately attaining the nice lifestyles, however it is going a step past this to invite in regards to the complete variety of probabilities carried inside of an individual. many folks in achieving a great “lifestyle” yet nonetheless ask yourself: Is there whatever extra i may do?

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We feel some responsibility to do something with our lives, and fortunately we come equipped with the capacities for speech and action, which give us the opportunity to reveal something of ourselves. A good life is one in which we seize what possibilities we have and make something out of them. Given our rich raw materials of consciousness and environment, life is inherently meaningful. Hannah Arendt noted that while nature may be an inexorable process of living and dying, humanity was given a way out of this through the ability to act.

50 Spiritual Classics provides a glimpse into this heritage. As the autobiographies of St. Augustine, Margery Kempe, Ram Dass, and Malcolm X among others attest, the greatest leaps forward for a human being often come in the form of a spiritual conversion experience. Where so many other strategies and techniques of personal change fail, a spiritual epiphany remains supremely powerful. Yet, so much of the spiritual literature is not aimed at sudden transformation but offers simple, practical steps in thinking for us to become less wrapped up in ourselves and take a larger view, from the Buddhist lessons of Pema Chodron and the Celtic wisdom of John O’Donahue, to the Toltec philosophy of Don Miguel Ruiz.

We are living in a period that comes after so much has been won in terms of political freedoms and rights, and yet the real surge in the uptake of possibilities lies in front of us. The literature you are about to read is a guide to this great opportunity. It suggests that, with basic wants satisfied and with a certain level of freedom, not only a good but a great life is possible. If the twentieth century was concerned with human rights, the twenty-first is about human possibilities. Praise for 50 Philosophy Classics “This book explains and discusses briefly, but with remarkable lucidity, some of the ideas of fifty philosophical thinkers from ancient times to the present day.

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