Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day Hardcover – 6 Apr 2017
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"I’ve started reading Roman Krznaric’s Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day – and it’s brilliant. One of those rare books that forces you to ask what the hell you’re doing with your life." (George Monbiot Guardian)
"With more than ever distracting us, it’s an insightful guide to staying foc – er, what did you want?" (Best Books for Summer Forbes)
"A rather wonderful new book is trying to seize back the noble art of day-seizing." (Viv Groskop The Pool)
"A profound, playful book for wannabe grown-ups who love life" (Sir Tim Smit)
"Bracing and elegant: a timely corrective to contemporary follies, from mindfulness to workaholism" (Sarah Bakewell)
The first ever cultural biography of carpe diem and a call to seize back the true meaning of ‘seize the day’.See all Product description
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Extreme consumerism and digital technology, television are all responsible for dulling our appetite for carpe diem. Instead of seizing the day with ‘Just do it’, we are conditioned to seize our credit cards and ‘Just buy it’. This book is full of examples of inactivity, but it also presents many splendid examples of people who have seized their day.
Krznarik is a deep and careful thinker. He sees danger in what others see as salvation. The Mindfulness cult of the modern age is one. He accepts that mindfulness has its virtues. When Joshua Bell played Johann Bach on his antique Stradivarius in a Washington train station, only seven out of 1,097 people stopped to listen. But people pay US$100 to listen to Joshua Bell play the same pieces in a concert. The problem with mindfulness is its preoccupation with the present. Krznarik explains why being present is never enough. Relating the story of Henry Gustav Molaison, he shows that a man who has no memory longer than thirty seconds can never for enough thoughts to assess the future and make the critical decision to seize the day.
He sees the ethical case against carpe diem – the charge of moral subjectivism, having no criteria for distinguishing right from wrong that others can see and follow. Anything might be justified on the basis that one was just seizing his day. To overcome this, Krznarik looks to the Golden Rule, the same one expressed by Jesus Christ and Confucius 500 years before – Krznarik says, ‘Those who believe in the carpe diem ideal should uphold it for all people, not just for themselves’.
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