Too many of us wind up chasing the false rabbits of success—money, fame, status, and possessions—and then feel curiously empty when we achieve them, if we do

Green, Alexander (2011-03-31). Beyond Wealth: The Road Map to a Rich Life . Wiley. Kindle Edition.

In school, you will learn plenty about differential equations, the life of a cell, or how to find France on a map. But as to what constitutes the best life, you’re pretty much on your own.

That generally means learning things the hard way. Too many of us wind up chasing the false rabbits of success—money, fame, status, and possessions—and then feel curiously empty when we achieve them, if we do.

Too often, the world is governed by false values. Rather than following our own path, we look around and start doing pretty much what everyone else is doing. You can easily get the impression that you should strive to know important people, gain power over others, acquire expensive things, or be highly thought of by your neighbors. But these are just the tinsel of life, glittering but worthless.

Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Yet many of us never really stop to consider what matters most, what it is we are really living for. This subject is so personal, in fact, that it can be a bit awkward to talk about, even with those we know best. Yet the subject can’t help but captivate us.”

 

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