Randoms of the day

Charles Murray (favorably) reviews David Brooks’ book in CRB (subscription required):

All people for whom some combination of family, community, and faith-along with vocation-are at the core of their happiness need to read this book. They will understand what a certain group of highly educated, affluent people, disproportionately from elite schools and with the modal political philosophy of Dutch sociologists, think constitutes a life well lived: a career that makes them important or at least semi-famous.

It is a variant on what I have elsewhere called the Europe Syndrome. The Europe Syndrome consists of the belief that a human being is a collection of chemicals that activates and, after a period of years, deactivates. The purpose of life is to pass the intervening time as pleasantly as possible. David Brooks’s presentation is a variant because it assigns high value to work, a legitimate source of deep satisfactions in life. Harold and Erica both labor really hard at their vocations and at their avocations. But otherwise they are trying to pass the time as pleasantly as possible. Their lives are almost entirely devoid of the other three sources of deep satisfaction-family, community, and faith.

Vox on intelligence.

Default is good for you. There really is no other way to purge the bad.

A modest proposal for marriage reform.


2 Responses to Randoms of the day

  1. Anonymous says:

    To avoid jumping through the hoop of subscribing to “CRB”, would you kindly state the title of the book Charles Murray reviewed? Is it the “On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense” ?

    – Ross

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