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Leading a Meaningful Life in a Self-centered World
Having survived their youth and entered maturity, OLLI members will appreciate the affirming and instructive book, The Second Mountain – The Quest for a Moral Life, which we will read and discuss. Author and New York Times columnist David Brooks has moved from strictly political and government issues to spending much of his time studying human values and behaviors, while he has climbed the second mountain of life. For many people, the first mountain is finishing school, starting a career and forming a relationship. It is the only mountain they believe they are meant to climb and it will lead to independence and self-satisfaction. Their goals are the ones our culture endorses such as success and making your mark, as ways to achieve personal happiness. But they find the top of the first mountain unsatisfying and they look for a different mountain. The second mountain holds experiences that are really worthwhile, not the things other people tell them to want. They move from self-centered to other-centered. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They take on commitment. David Brooks describes four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose. The book is also a commentary on the pitfalls and disappointments of the self-centered life. He believes we have taken individualism to an extreme and it has torn our social fabric and political system in many ways. Gerry Lapidus has lead more than 50 OLLI book discussion classes. Please read through pg. 26 (Intro, sections 1-3) for the first meeting. NO class on April 6
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : Social Science
Date(s) : 03/30/2020 - 05/11/2020
Day of Week : Monday
Time : 1:00-3:00pm
Location : Turner Senior Resource Center, Campbell Room
Address : 2401 Plymouth Rd.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Instructor : Lapidus Gerald
Fee : $40.00
Event Status : FULL