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A profound original and accessible book that offers a new secular vision of how we can lead our lives Ranging from fundamental existential uestions to the most pressing social issues of our time This Life shows why our commitment to freedom and democracy should lead us beyond both religion and capitalismIn this groundbreaking book the philosopher Martin Hägglund challenges our received notions of faith and freedom The faith we need to cultivate he argues is not a religious faith in eternity but a secular faith devoted to our finite life together He shows. Being is time and time is finite The being that we care most about is human being or any being that can take a stand on its own understanding the most important being in the universe Hägglund wrote a marvelous book which unpacks that italicized sentence for the reader I’m going to explain why I thought this was such a marvelous and necessary book for today’s reader but I need to mention first that I listened to it on audio and therefore didn’t get the footnotes as I was listening and that led to a disconnect until I glanced at the index on Heidegger’s ‘Being and Time’ is my favorite book by far and my second favorite book is Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of Mind Spirit’ I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why the author had not mention Heidegger until I looked at the footnotes on His footnotes explain a that he is currently writing a book elaborating on BT and b he mentions those two books and Hegel’s ‘Logic’ as three of his most important books I love being a human In particular I love being a secular human That is a person who thinks life is important because of the meaning I choose to give to it and as an individual within a group who reuires another in order to exist as an end for its own end not as a means to an end That’s close to how the author explains what it means to be a secular human I will digress just a little in order to explain what I mean According to Hägglund in the sixth volume of Karl Ove Knausgård’s ‘My Struggle’ he mentions that in Adolph Hitler’s book ‘Mein Kempf’ German for ‘My Struggle’ Hitler only speaks of the ‘I’ the ‘we’ and the ‘they’ and never speaks of the ‘you’ ie individuals such as me or you When he told me that I realized that Donald Trump does that same thing That’s why Trump can call people ‘animals’ and ‘varmints’ and such as he did yesterday 452019 That means for a narcissist like Trump and his enablers they do not need another in order to validate their own existence and ultimately their sense of self is lacking a characteristic of being a human since the others for them will always be ‘an animal’ or ‘varmint’ This book doesn’t fully take the argument this far but for those who are interested ‘The Bernstein Tapes’ of the course ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’ does and I would recommend anyone listen to those tapes for the best source out there on PoS except for Hegel’s book itself Btw and since this is a digression anyways I started reading ‘My Struggle’ and absolutely love it so far and as this author will mention Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’ is foundational for ‘My Struggle’ This author Hägglund connects many various pieces in his story telling Hägglund will say ‘My Struggle’ is all about the ‘you’ of the reader through the ‘I’ of the author and I would add through the life of the everyday where ‘the everyday starts off as the human experience of being in the world proximally and for the most part by understanding itself in terms of its world as the world reveals itself as itself and not as a Self outside itself’ I cheated I took a sentence for my review of ‘Critiue of Everyday Life’ by Lefebvre a Marxist and this author too definitely has a Marxist way of thinking When Jesus said ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ there are three ways one can take that statement 1 a divine command from God and true since God said it was and Truth Good and Justice are what God says they are 2 as a moral truth worthy of consideration since it’s reasonable and possible to defend a variation of it or 3 just ignore it For those who accept 1 the religious they are outsourcing their beliefs outside of themselves and are the most nihilistic ones of all since they have no meaning within themselves or for themselves as an end for an end in themselves and they become to themselves and for themselves only as an means to an end for a promised or hoped for or wished for or some other asserted but not supported by empirical evidence supernatural desire in an afterlife or karmic resolution For those who lean towards 2 the secular they find there meaning through deserving considerations based on a finite world of which they inhabit and for the third class of people who ignore it I’ll just ignore them because who cares what they think Plato’s Euthyphro gets at this from a slightly different way I wanted to mention some cool discussions that the author had on the absolute goal of detachment the Buddhist strive for and similarly for the stoics with their acceptance of circumstances that leads to a need for no meaning purpose or freedom for an individual and the author advocates attachment as the worthy goal There are also some wonderful summations on various writings by Kierkegaard and how Kierkegaard really does understand the trap that the finite finds themselves in and ultimately how ‘irony paradox is jealous of the authentic’ this author doesn’t use that uote I did just because it is a uick way to summarize his long discussion on Kierkegaard Hegel Spinoza Marx Adorno Frankfurt School Piketty ‘Capital in the 21st Century’ a book for which I loved but this author doesn’t seem to like him nearly as much as I did and various other familiar thinkers are all eruditely discussed The author will argue that because we are finite we have meaning If we were infinite and knew it with certainty there would be no necessity and hence no freedom Our freedom to act and choose is what gives us our meaning purpose and caring ‘Caring’ is a loaded word and I used it purposely because in ‘BT’ Heidegger will use it as the foundation for human being Dasein and within the word is a tacit acknowledgement of the future as the ontological foundation for our being leading to always becoming until being unto death Shortly after ‘BT’ Heidegger will pivot to ‘will’ for his ontological foundation but Heidegger being Heidegger will always act as if that he meant that all along and won’t explicitly acknowledge the change For a good discussion on this I would recommend Hannah Arendt’s ‘Life of the Mind’ btw this author didn’t seem to like Arendt or at least uickly dismissed her at one spot in his book and for an even better discussion on Heidegger’s change from ‘care’ to ‘will’ I would recommend Fynsk’s ‘Heidegger Thought and Historicity’ Marx critiues capitalism and liberalism through an immanent critiue and will show that capitalism and liberalism must be inadeuate through their own assumptions according to this author and for example value is than just capitalist surplus value through exploitation and alienation of the labor workers but also needs to include our social values and spiritual values We need a reevaluation of value for today where for example unemployment should not be just a way for Capitalist to exploit labor by paying lower wages and exploiting all labor to demand lower wages and so on towards a downward spiral against labor but we need to value individuals beyond their surplus profit potential I’ll even say that if machines and super AI replace the workers by making them redundant the right attitude is that we need to see beyond just making the already insanely rich even richer; we can find a better way by enabling unemployed or underutilized labor to actualize themselves as individuals and as social beings and reevaluate our values by valuing social well being above uneual distribution of wealth This author will recommend a Democratic Socialist alternative to capitalism and neo liberalism as a viable approach for achieving a just society Hegel always moves in three movements th Jaxon (Kings of Denver you When he told me that I realized that Donald Trump does that same thing That’s why Trump can call people ‘animals’ and ‘varmints’ and such as he did Drink to Yesterday (Tommy Hambledon, yesterday 452019 That means for a narcissist like Trump and his enablers they do not need another in order to validate their own existence and ultimately their sense of self is lacking a characteristic of being a human since the others for them will always be ‘an animal’ or ‘varmint’ This book doesn’t fully take the argument this far but for those who are interested ‘The Bernstein Tapes’ of the course ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’ does and I would recommend anyone listen to those tapes for the best source out there on PoS except for Hegel’s book itself Btw and since this is a digression anyways I started reading ‘My Struggle’ and absolutely love it so far and as this author will mention Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’ is foundational for ‘My Struggle’ This author Hägglund connects many various pieces in his story telling Hägglund will say ‘My Struggle’ is all about the ‘you’ of the reader through the ‘I’ of the author and I would add through the life of the everyday where ‘the everyday starts off as the human experience of being in the world proximally and for the most part by understanding itself in terms of its world as the world reveals itself as itself and not as a Self outside itself’ I cheated I took a sentence for my review of ‘Critiue of Everyday Life’ by Lefebvre a Marxist and this author too definitely has a Marxist way of thinking When Jesus said ‘Do unto others as The Second Wave: The Makanza Series Book 0 (English Edition) you would have them do unto The First Mile you’ there are three ways one can take that statement 1 a divine command from God and true since God said it was and Truth Good and Justice are what God says they are 2 as a moral truth worthy of consideration since it’s reasonable and possible to defend a variation of it or 3 just ignore it For those who accept 1 the religious they are outsourcing their beliefs outside of themselves and are the most nihilistic ones of all since they have no meaning within themselves or for themselves as an end for an end in themselves and they become to themselves and for themselves only as an means to an end for a promised or hoped for or wished for or some other asserted but not supported by empirical evidence supernatural desire in an afterlife or karmic resolution For those who lean towards 2 the secular they find there meaning through deserving considerations based on a finite world of which they inhabit and for the third class of people who ignore it I’ll just ignore them because who cares what they think Plato’s Euthyphro gets at this from a slightly different way I wanted to mention some cool discussions that the author had on the absolute goal of detachment the Buddhist strive for and similarly for the stoics with their acceptance of circumstances that leads to a need for no meaning purpose or freedom for an individual and the author advocates attachment as the worthy goal There are also some wonderful summations on various writings by Kierkegaard and how Kierkegaard really does understand the trap that the finite finds themselves in and ultimately how ‘irony paradox is jealous of the authentic’ this author doesn’t use that uote I did just because it is a uick way to summarize his long discussion on Kierkegaard Hegel Spinoza Marx Adorno Frankfurt School Piketty ‘Capital in the 21st Century’ a book for which I loved but this author doesn’t seem to like him nearly as much as I did and various other familiar thinkers are all eruditely discussed The author will argue that because we are finite we have meaning If we were infinite and knew it with certainty there would be no necessity and hence no freedom Our freedom to act and choose is what gives us our meaning purpose and caring ‘Caring’ is a loaded word and I used it purposely because in ‘BT’ Heidegger will use it as the foundation for human being Dasein and within the word is a tacit acknowledgement of the future as the ontological foundation for our being leading to always becoming until being unto death Shortly after ‘BT’ Heidegger will pivot to ‘will’ for his ontological foundation but Heidegger being Heidegger will always act as if that he meant that all along and won’t explicitly acknowledge the change For a good discussion on this I would recommend Hannah Arendt’s ‘Life of the Mind’ btw this author didn’t seem to like Arendt or at least uickly dismissed her at one spot in his book and for an even better discussion on Heidegger’s change from ‘care’ to ‘will’ I would recommend Fynsk’s ‘Heidegger Thought and Historicity’ Marx critiues capitalism and liberalism through an immanent critiue and will show that capitalism and liberalism must be inadeuate through their own assumptions according to this author and for example value is than just capitalist surplus value through exploitation and alienation of the labor workers but also needs to include our social values and spiritual values We need a reevaluation of value for today where for example unemployment should not be just a way for Capitalist to exploit labor by paying lower wages and exploiting all labor to demand lower wages and so on towards a downward spiral against labor but we need to value individuals beyond their surplus profit potential I’ll even say that if machines and super AI replace the workers by making them redundant the right attitude is that we need to see beyond just making the already insanely rich even richer; we can find a better way by enabling unemployed or underutilized labor to actualize themselves as individuals and as social beings and reevaluate our values by valuing social well being above uneual distribution of wealth This author will recommend a Democratic Socialist alternative to capitalism and neo liberalism as a viable approach for achieving a just society Hegel always moves in three movements th

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That all spiritual uestions of freedom are inseparable from economic and material conditions What ultimately matters is how we treat one another in this life and what we do with our time togetherHägglund develops new existential and political principles while transforming our understanding of spiritual life His critiue of religion takes us to the heart of what it means to mourn our loved ones be committed and care about a sustainable world His critiue of capitalism demonstrates that we fail to sustain our democratic values because our lives depend on wa. I want to apologize in advance to everyone who actually knows me all I'm gonna wanna talk about for the next several months years is This Life by Martin Hagglund This is the kind of big effing mindblower that I luck into every once in a while A game changer for my personal and political identity A book that I hope that I'm gonna try to make sure has as wide a readership as possible Cuz hoo wee This one makes Capital in the 21st Century look like the Boxcar Children Hagglund even devotes a sub chapter to a pretty devastating but also calm and polite critiue of Piketty ZingWhat is it about Man everything man It's both the most convincing and absurdly moving defense of secular identity I've probably ever read as well as the most convincing and absurdly moving argument for democratic socialism I've definitely ever read It is in short about our commitments Hagglund asks us to embrace our fragility our vulnerability our mortality to commit to our transience to embrace secular faith over religion He claims that most of us already do this whether we acknowledge it or not to engage in any project to attach any meaning to any person or thing is to implicitly affirm that you have a limited amount of time in this world Hagglund finds the concept of eternity not just incomprehensible but undesirable the things that make life INTERESTING that make it precious are the things that we have to risk the things that can be taken away In three dense but well paced chapters Hagglund defines this notion of secular faith employing the words of both great religious thinkers Zing and great unreligious ones the mini essay on Karl Ove Knausgaard is worth the price of admission if yer a fan of My StruggleBut that's just the beginning yo In the second half of the book on Spiritual Freedom Hagglund claims that an idea of limited time is fundamentally connected to the uestions of what we ought to do as well as if we ought to do what we ought to do the double ought He insists that the best forms of economy are the forms that maximize our spiritual freedom the ones that allow us to take ownership of our decision making In this way he thinks capitalism is totally flawed to the core and that it must be overturned and replaced with some sort of democratic socialism It's the issue of value that matters most to Hagglund here In a capitalist system the thing that's finally valued is profit No amount of welfare programs will change this fact the point of human life in a capitalist system is to create surplus value by way of wage labor In this kind of system our free time is therefore never truly free just an excuse for activities that allow us to replenish ourselves before we get back to the real profit making tasks of our life What Hagglund proposes is not a single system to replace capitalism but a truly democratic decision making process one where we can assess what actually matters to us what really has value Along the way he totally resuscitates Karl Marx from totalitarian death read This Life and suddenly all the criticisms of Marx himself look kind of like criticisms of other things things that democratic socialism is explicitly opposed toThis second part of the book is even jam packed with ideas that the already pretty heavy first half but then again it has to be Hagglund is facing down millennia of received wisdom about what is natural about what is functional about what is supposedly the best way for humankind I don't know if I got all of it but that I got the thrust of it is a testament to both the writer's clarity and vigor He's making a serious moral argument here this isn't a ha ha New Atheist style rant and I do hope people approach him with moral seriousness I didn't have to be convinced that there is no God this is something I've believed for at least fifteen years but to read Hagglund's account of secular faith and how it must lead us to making real changes in this world for the end of each other's lives and not some hope of eternity has profoundly altered my understanding of my place on Earth It's telling that the last philosopher Hagglund talks about in detail is not an avowed atheist but one of the most legendary Christian leaders of all time Martin Luther King Jr who in his writings and work finally demonstrated a commitment to this life a commitment that necessarily involved a new vision for human flourishingSo get ready America Imma put this book in yer hands Free Dirt years is This Life by Martin Hagglund This is the kind of big effing mindblower that I luck into every once in a while A game changer for my personal and political identity A book that I hope that I'm gonna try to make sure has as wide a readership as possible Cuz hoo wee This one makes Capital in the 21st Century look like the Boxcar Children Hagglund even devotes a sub chapter to a pretty devastating but also calm and polite critiue of Piketty ZingWhat is it about Man everything man It's both the most convincing and absurdly moving defense of secular identity I've probably ever read as well as the most convincing and absurdly moving argument for democratic socialism I've definitely ever read It is in short about our commitments Hagglund asks us to embrace our fragility our vulnerability our mortality to commit to our transience to embrace secular faith over religion He claims that most of us already do this whether we acknowledge it or not to engage in any project to attach any meaning to any person or thing is to implicitly affirm that Møllehave - et liv har fem akter you have a limited amount of time in this world Hagglund finds the concept of eternity not just incomprehensible but undesirable the things that make life INTERESTING that make it precious are the things that we have to risk the things that can be taken away In three dense but well paced chapters Hagglund defines this notion of secular faith employing the words of both great religious thinkers Zing and great unreligious ones the mini essay on Karl Ove Knausgaard is worth the price of admission if All Our Trials yer a fan of My StruggleBut that's just the beginning A Color Sampler yo In the second half of the book on Spiritual Freedom Hagglund claims that an idea of limited time is fundamentally connected to the uestions of what we ought to do as well as if we ought to do what we ought to do the double ought He insists that the best forms of economy are the forms that maximize our spiritual freedom the ones that allow us to take ownership of our decision making In this way he thinks capitalism is totally flawed to the core and that it must be overturned and replaced with some sort of democratic socialism It's the issue of value that matters most to Hagglund here In a capitalist system the thing that's finally valued is profit No amount of welfare programs will change this fact the point of human life in a capitalist system is to create surplus value by way of wage labor In this kind of system our free time is therefore never truly free just an excuse for activities that allow us to replenish ourselves before we get back to the real profit making tasks of our life What Hagglund proposes is not a single system to replace capitalism but a truly democratic decision making process one where we can assess what actually matters to us what really has value Along the way he totally resuscitates Karl Marx from totalitarian death read This Life and suddenly all the criticisms of Marx himself look kind of like criticisms of other things things that democratic socialism is explicitly opposed toThis second part of the book is even jam packed with ideas that the already pretty heavy first half but then again it has to be Hagglund is facing down millennia of received wisdom about what is natural about what is functional about what is supposedly the best way for humankind I don't know if I got all of it but that I got the thrust of it is a testament to both the writer's clarity and vigor He's making a serious moral argument here this isn't a ha ha New Atheist style rant and I do hope people approach him with moral seriousness I didn't have to be convinced that there is no God this is something I've believed for at least fifteen The Stars Are Made of Tears years but to read Hagglund's account of secular faith and how it must lead us to making real changes in this world for the end of each other's lives and not some hope of eternity has profoundly altered my understanding of my place on Earth It's telling that the last philosopher Hagglund talks about in detail is not an avowed atheist but one of the most legendary Christian leaders of all time Martin Luther King Jr who in his writings and work finally demonstrated a commitment to this life a commitment that necessarily involved a new vision for human flourishingSo get ready America Imma put this book in Mirrored yer hands

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Ge labor In clear and pathbreaking terms Hägglund explains why capitalism is inimical to our freedom and why we should instead pursue a novel form of democratic socialismIn developing his vision of an emancipated secular life Hägglund engages with great philosophers from Aristotle to Hegel and Marx literary writers from Dante to Proust and Knausgaard political economists from Mill to Keynes and Hayek and religious thinkers from Augustine to Kierkegaard and Martin Luther King Jr This Life gives us new access to our past for the sake of a different future. This is an engaging intellectually rich focused book making the argument that human lived time is central to human identity and the social world The positive arguments about the finitude of human life and inevitability and importance of loss suffering and boredom; about the practical making of projects and practical identities through not only individual commitments and efforts but social norms and institutions; and about the necessity of a radical critiue of capitalist value and social transformation were excellent The explications of texts and important thinkers including Augustine Knausgaard Kierkegaard Hegel Marx Adorno MLK were valuable His distinction between social democracy a political economy of redistributive public policy within capitalism and democratic socialism a replacement of capitalist political economy by structures and processes that value self determined life time is theoretically valuable However the reduction of religion and religious faith to a belief in eternal life is problematic The text fails to convey how diverse religious practices are how many religious believers live in the world why religious practice and secular faith are not exclusive of but may reinforce each other and how some progressive Christians interpret the Bible as a story of human freedom The author changes somewhat his presentation of religion in his ending discussion of Martin Luther King and the US civil rights movement Here he acknowledges that religion is not simply belief in eternity but also practices in the book generally when it comes to religion he singles out one key belief; but when he talks about secular commitment and practical identity he talks about practices and even institutions However he sticks to his position that when religious believers are advocating political and economic projects and drawing upon the deep relationships and solidarities within communities of believers they are not practicing religion but secular faith