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The Second Mountain

How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
Autor: David Brooks
Sprecher: Arthur Morey
Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 58 Min.
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Number-one New York Times best seller

Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The best-selling author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.

Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy - who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view...unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn’t my mountain after all. There’s another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain. And so they embark on a new journey. 

On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment. 

In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose. 

In short, this audiobook is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it’s also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme - and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks reveals what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.

©2019 David Brooks (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Gut! Mit ein paar Macken

Super Buch! Schöner, klarer Stil, gut gelesen. Die Einleitung mit ein paar Knallerinsights. Brooks spricht in dem Buch über die Hingabe zu etwas Größerem als einem selber. Er nennt vier Sparten in denen das möglich ist. Familie/Ehe, Vocation, Religion/Lebensphilosophie und Community.
Vocation und Community fand ich sehr gelungen! Familie/Ehe ist eher Common Sense und erzwungen. Im Teil Religion und Philosophie schien er sich mit wenig Ahnung und Struktur einfach auszutoben.

Fazit: Ich freue mich sehr, dieses Buch gelesen zu haben, aber es gibt keine 5 Punkte, da 2/5 des Buches nicht gelungen sind.