Monday, April 30, 2012

The Consolations of Philosophy - The Wrap Up

 The Beauty of Despair #2
Artist: Kemba Opio

You may have been able to tell from my lack of postings, but I haven't been feeling particularly great lately. My epilepsy has been playing up, Lucille has been getting rowdy, I've been feeling isolated from friends and family, and my mood and work rate (both paid and not) has suffered. I'm not in the best place for maintaining a blog, that is certainly true.

And while it hasn't completely lifted my cloud, Alain De Botton's The Consolations of Philosophy has undeniably been a salve for my wounds.

You may recall that I mentioned how daunted I was by this book. I wasn't kidding - philosophy can be a big, scary word when you feel like you don't get it. It feels like some kind of exclusive sport that only really clever people are able to play and participate in. I was completely convinced I simply wouldn't get it. My current emotional funk sure didn't help my confidence in this respect, but I had committed to it. I had to read it. Nevertheless, I was sure I was going to fail and walk away from the book feeling even stupider than I did when I first picked it up.

I was certain I wasn't good enough to read this book.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sorry, Sorry, Sorry! (Have some philosophy...)

I know, I know. I've been REALLY bad at this whole "regular blogging" thing. Can't we just kiss and make up? LOOK, I've got a new video for you!

Have you read anything by Alain De Botton? How did I do with my reading of difficult names? What books have you been terrified of reading? Tell me things! This is why they invented comment boxes!

See, I still love you. I hope you reciprocate! (And I'll be back REAL soon. Pinky swear!)

x ND