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The School of Life
During the day, there are so many distractions: a spread sheet, the laundry, the news, rushing from one thing to the next. But at night, when the rest of the world is quiet, we at last have an opportunity...
During the day, there are so many distractions: a spread sheet, the laundry, the news, rushing from one thing to the next. But at night, when the rest of the world is quiet, we at last have an opportunity to restart a conversation with a very important person we have neglected for far too long: ourselves. We can let what we really think emerge. The night is like a sheltered cove where our more tentative, precious and important thoughts can shelter and gain strength.
Sitting up late in bed or on an armchair, the sensations and ideas we don’t usually have time for have the chance to come to the surface. Is this relationship a big mistake or are the quieter signs of love getting missed? Is our career about a longing to impress, a desire to fit in or a fear of failure? We might relive a childhood holiday or an argument, which we’d hardly thought about for years. We can reconnect, in our imagination, with a friend from way back, who brought out a new side to our personality. In the deep privacy of our minds, we can circle round the big questions: Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going?
Our night thoughts might sometimes sound weird. They can be tricky to share with friends or family; they need us to be a certain way. We don’t want to frighten them, yet at the same time, we have to give our deeper selves some attention too. We need a journal to hold the wayward, peculiar yet important parts of our minds, so they are waiting for us when we are next ready for them. In the morning, we will be – once more – well-meaning partners, devoted parents, diligent colleagues. But the record of our nocturnal thoughts will keep us safely connected to our more complete and sincere selves.
Measures 21 x 14,8 cm
Counts 192 pages
Features an inspiring pro-logue by The School of life
Features 100grm Munken paper (acid free) with printed dot grid
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About The School of Life
Alain de Botton founded The School of Life in 2008. His aim was to make philosophy — long seen as the inaccessible, inauthentic stuff of academies and archives — a functional aspect of modern life. The care with which ancient philosophers thought about their lives remains a valuable antidote to the generalised anxiety of our era.
The school thus posits that ideas of Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics are as relevant to us today as they were in ancient Greece. Even if Epicurus never had social media burnout, understanding his thinking can lead us to a healthier relationship with our phones — and by extension, with one another.
Developing emotional intelligence in the workplace
The working world can feel, at times, to operate with a dog-eat-dog intensity. We are often made to feel anxious or powerless by our jobs. Our colleagues can irritate or undermine, our bosses can demand too much while giving too little, our clients can be rude and difficult to please, and our assets are never quite liquid enough. So it goes.
We began stocking The School of Life’s series on work, gratitude and pleasure as a way of thinking through these issues. We admire these series for their capacity to stimulate reflection, and their ability to give a new perspective on age old problems. At its core, it is a set of strategies for finding meaning in the modern world.
The School of Life has had its own corner in our Amsterdam shop, and we’re proud to be one of their stockists in the Netherlands. You can browse our selection in store or on our web shop online.