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The second mountain : the quest for a moral life

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Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy--who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view ... unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn't my mountain after all. There's another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain. And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment. In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose. In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it's also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme--and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.

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Bedford Free Library CD 302 BRO (Text)
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31002150796125
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07/05/2019
John C. Hart Memorial Library CDBK 302 B (Text)
New Audiobook
31030154881155
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Larchmont Public Library CDB 302 B (Text)
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31014152645895
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07/12/2019
Mount Pleasant Public Library TB-CD 301 B (Text)
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31024153381721
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07/11/2019
Pound Ridge Library District AUD CD BROOKS (Text)
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31026150996526
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07/03/2019
Rye Free Reading Room CDBK 302 BROOKS (Text)
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31028152839761
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07/08/2019
Scarsdale Public Library CD-BK 302 B (Text)
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31029154192456
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07/14/2019
Somers Library CDB 158.1 B (Text)
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31031151930045
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White Plains Public Library 302 B (Text)
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31544300042694
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07/05/2019
Yonkers Riverfront Library 302 B (Text)
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31035161827026
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