– Alain de Botton –

alain-de-botton-2009-credit-vincent-starr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80fb7Lt0z58 (Perfect Home, based on his work: Architecture of Happiness)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edX7hdpKdbQ (Status Anxiety)

I couldn’t quite remember how I came across of Alain de Botton and his books, I think it began with someone’s article which his first book “Essays in Love” was referenced. The name provoked me to google my way into this man, and many interesting ideas and perspectives that I felt able to relate to.

I then came across more of his work, especially “Status Anxiety” – on how people’s snobbery related to our longing of love and affection. He talked about how our ideal of success and failure changed along with time and society, whilst how these feelings build toward how we view ourselves. In some ways, Status Anxiety did very much remind me of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love”, it gave the feeling of “it’s ok to feel this way, don’t feel bad”.  In his TED talk over the philosophy of success, I loved his witty side of thinking – for example, how classic stories of tragedies such as Madame Bovary’s death would be written in headlines of newspaper. Another one that I found memorable were Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheist – AofH talked of how our perspectives of home/cosy/space led us to create/fall in love with certain architecture and style, plus how we seek sense of comfort and architecture/building mediate between inside and outside of world. RforA talked of while Alain was no longer a huge believer in religion, he found appreciation of the constructive side religion gave to the world, for example helping people to meet strangers without feeling awkwardness, and how it bring communities together.

Trust me, you would never want to miss his writing at all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtSE4rglxbY (Alain de Botton’s TED talk on success)

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