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You hear that insistent message, echoing through the philosophical traditions of East and West: treat other people the way you'd like to be treated. The basic message never alters, whether your moral heritage is Socratic, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, humanistic or anything in between.
Social researcher and psychologist Hugh Mackay has spent 40 years asking Australians about their lives, loves, hopes, ambitions, fears and passions. In The Good Life, he asks and answers the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living? His conclusion, drawn from his research, is provocative and passionately argued. A good life is not measured by security, wealth, status, achievement or levels of happiness. A good life is determined by our capacity for selflessness and our willingness to connect with those around us in a meaningful and useful way.
Hugh looks at the numerous ways we get distracted from this central purpose. He examines the utopian complex, which describes our dangerous desire for perfection, and the false expectation that life will unfold according to our carefully laid plans. He highlights the things that lead us along paths to pain and confusion, notably our willingness to sacrifice others on the altar of our personal desires and ambitions. As with Hugh's previous works of non-fiction, The Good Life is a book that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly change the way we live our lives.
About the Author
Hugh Mackay is a prolific and well-known social researcher, writer and commentator in Australia. Hugh was a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is now an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong. He is the author of nine books in the field of social psychology and philosophy, and five novels. Previous books include Why Don't People Listen? Reinventing Australia and What Makes Us Tick?.
A great read - reflection -
A well written thought provoking book, this writer ask the reader to ingest well thought out perspectives and provides no false " one strategy fits all" fixes. So many books on living a quality life provide definative steps on how to get "there". This writer asks .....where is "there" and would you know if you got there? I loved it!!!
Fantastic book about humanity, morals and values written in a non-religious way by a writer who has researched what makes our collective LIFE work.
A good reminder about what life is really about!
I have found through reading many self help books, this was not all I expected. However, we would all see parts of ourselves in this book, at some stage.If you are unhappy with who you are, and be honest with yourself, you will get it. Worth reading.
Hugh Mackay's "The Good Life" is a pearl. He goes to the very heart of what makes life satisfying, joyful and rewarding. He canvasses all the regular formulae for what makes life good and finds the usual concepts and ideas seriously wanting. His conclusion is clear - a life given to the service of others is the only avenue to a life that is good, meaningful and purposeful. Throughout he offers comments and insights which he has gathered in interviews. A thoroughly stimulating and beautifully written book. Worth reading more than once!
Bolwarra, Victoria, AU
At last a bible for the secular that is inclusive of the spiritual. Being in despair of the gulf of inequity between the sufferance and the self-serving, both featured heavily on nightly news, I find hope in Hugh's words of wisdom and guidance. The embodiment of simple altruistic existence is all around us in both young and old, it's just not newsworthy. This book should be in every school library and on the compulsory reading list. Addressing essential simplicity (page 70): "Faced with so much mystery, most of us find it hard to settle for simple awe".
After hearing several interviews with the author and being familiar with his previous publications, I wanted to read this new book. It was up to his usual standards and gave much food for thought
Lean on Me
A very insightful book about what the good life really is and what it isn't
Rev the reader
Hugh Mackay's material is always thoroughly researched but delivered with a light touch. Fascinating but not too intense. His observations and conclusions are interesting because they relate to your own circumstance and provide valuable lessons for living. Both his fiction and non-fiction are excellent. This latest non-fiction offering is no exception and offers thought provoking insights into how to live "The Good Life".
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st May 2013
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1