From Socrates to Thoreau, most philosophers, moralists, and religious leaders have seen frugality as a virtue and have associated simple living with wisdom, integrity, and happiness. But why? And are they right? Is a taste for luxury fundamentally misguided? If one has the means to be a spendthrift, is it foolish or reprehensible to be extravagant? In this book, Emrys Westacott examines why, for more than two millennia, so many philosophers and people with a reputation for wisdom have been advocating frugality and simple living as the key to the good life. He also looks at why most people have ignored them, but argues that, in a world facing environmental crisis, it may finally be time to listen to the advocates of a simpler way of life. The Wisdom of Frugality explores what simplicity means, why it's supposed to make us better and happier, and why, despite its benefits, it has always been such a hard sell. The book looks not only at the arguments in favor of living frugally and simply, but also at the case that can be made for luxury and extravagance, including the idea that modern economies require lots of getting and spending. A philosophically informed reflection rather than a polemic, The Wisdom of Frugality ultimately argues that we will be better off—as individuals and as a society—if we move away from the materialistic individualism that currently rules.
The Wisdom of Many explores research on proverbs of many cultures. More than twenty essays written by scholars of such diverse disciplines as folklore, literature, psychology, linguistics, and anthropology illustrate the significance of traditional proverbs and trace variations of proverbs over time, drawing on African, Chinese, Spanish, Finnish, Irish, and Yiddish examples.
For almost fifty years, Sources of Japanese Tradition has been the single most valuable collection of English-language readings on Japan. Unrivalled in its wide selection of source materials on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion, the two-volume textbook is a crucial resource for students, scholars, and readers seeking an introduction to Japanese civilization. Originally published in a single hardcover book, Volume 2 is now available as an abridged, two-part paperback. Part 1 covers the Tokugawa period to 1868, including texts that address the spread of neo-Confucianism and Buddhism and the initial encounters of Japan and the West. Part 2 begins with the Meiji period and ends at the new millennium, shedding light on such major movements as the Enlightenment, constitutionalism, nationalism, socialism, and feminism, and the impact of the postwar occupation. Commentary by major scholars and comprehensive bibliographies and indexes are included. Together, these readings map out the development of modern Japanese civilization and illuminate the thought and teachings of its intellectual, political, and religious leaders.
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In The Wisdom of Life Through My Patients, Dr. Thomas Waldinger warmly describes the lessons he has learned from those who entrust him with their care. His patients, many in their 70s, 80s, & even 90s, share wonderful stories about their lives, the philosophies that have sustained them in adversity, & the wisdom of their rich experience. They look back to lessons learned growing up during the Great Depression & World War II & to the world of changes they have witnessed during this century. The common threads woven throughout their stories are strong family ties, faith, & the old-fashioned virtues of perseverance, trust, & love. Dr. Waldinger's patients provide him with their prescriptions for a long & fulfilling life. Their lessons are illustrated by tales of individual heroism, family loyalty, & often just plain survival through faith, love, & humor. In an effort to fully understand his patients, Dr. Waldinger invited more than a hundred of them to share their stories to gain insights into their minds, hearts, & souls so that he could serve them better. Readers of all generations will be moved by this collection & may find it enables them to cope more easily with their own lives. Their words are the conversations you wish you could have had with your grandparents. In these harried times when many physicians rarely find time to really listen to their patients, Dr. Waldinger's commentaries provide insight into doctor-patient relationships & illuminate his dedication to his patients. He truly listens to their hearts, not just their hearbeats. Dr. Waldinger produced The Wisdom of Life Through My Patients as a special tribute to the late Dr. John Ulrich, Dr. Waldinger's great mentor & friend, who personified all the virtues & wisdom lovingly described within.
Recent research has suggested that the court of King George III and Queen Charlotte was intellectually and culturally far more outward looking than was previously imagined. Artists, musicians, scientists and philosophers were regular visitors, and the King in his early years was a notably active patron.