Something strange is happening.
Despite the improving human condition and our increasing prosperity as a species, a sense of collective existential dread is intensifying beneath the surface. While there is every reason to be optimistic about our future, people across the Western world are instead relentlessly pursuing a fatal combination of nihilism and hedonism; simply put, the belief that nothing really matters and immediate pleasure is the only thing worth pursuing.
In his groundbreaking first book, Luke Schiller attributes this very puzzling discrepancy to a cause that we are all too eager to avoid talking about – a crisis of meaning.
By initially taking us on a brief yet fascinating historical journey in humanity’s quest for understanding, Schiller compellingly argues that this preeminent crisis of meaning has been brought about by five crucial trends. Understanding these trends and acknowledging the existence of this crisis, Schiller argues, are the first steps in being able to mend ourselves.
A formula for solving this crisis is precisely what Schiller then offers. The insights contained in this book, combined with its masterfully-crafted framework of meaning, provide us with a practical, transformative, and deeply fulfilling enterprise at a time when it is needed most.
It is time to reconceptualise what life is all about - before it is too late. There is no better place to start.
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About the Author
Luke holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science (with an Emphasis in Law & Policy) from Trent University, a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University, and a Master of Arts in Political Science (with an Emphasis in Comparative Politics & International Relations) from Queen's University, during which he swam competitively for the Queen's University Varsity Swim Team.
Combining his vast interdisciplinary knowledge with his extensive pedagogical training, Luke strives to strike a much-needed balance between remaining informative yet practical in his written and audiovisual content. For more from Luke, be sure to visit his official website at www.schilleracademy.com
Table of Contents
FOREWORD: How to Use This Book
PART I: Understanding Meaning and Purpose
INTRODUCTION: Our Fractured State
CHAPTER 1: A Brief History of Meaning
CHAPTER 2: How We Arrived at the Crisis of Meaning
CHAPTER 3: Defining Meaning & Purpose in Your Life
PART II: Finding Meaning and Purpose
CHAPTER 4: Who You Are… and Why - The Importance of Understanding Oneself
CHAPTER 5: The Components of Self-Awareness
CHAPTER 6: Your Philosophical Foundations
CHAPTER 7: Establishing a Moral & Ethical System
CHAPTER 8: Who You Will Be… and Why - Your Purpose-Driven Roadmap
CONCLUSION: Life, Revisited
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