The Importance Of Living

The Importance Of Living

Language: English

Pages: 462

ISBN: 0688163521

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Importance of Living is a wry, witty antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world. Lin Yutang's prescription is the classic Chinese philosophy of life: Revere inaction as much as action, invoke humor to maintain a healthy attitude, and never forget that there will always be plenty of fools around who are willing-indeed, eager-to be busy, to make themselves useful, and to exercise power while you bask in the simple joy of existence.At a time when we're overwhelmed with wake-up calls, here is a refreshing, playful reminder to savor life's simple pleasures.

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propei ly scared as I ought to do. Courage seems to be the rarest of all virtues in a modern philosopher. But I have always wandered outside the precincts of philosophy and that gives me courage. There is a method of appealing to one's own intuitive judgment, of thinking out one's own ideas and forming one's own independent judgments, and confessing them in public with a childish impudence, and sure enough, some kindred souls in another A corner of the world will agree with you. person

psychological HCc, but is a pure boon to humanity. The reason is because it is the one instinct about which humanity is pretty frank. Because there is no problem of modesty here, there nected with it* There is is no many but once food gets inside the tracking. It is freely psychosis, neurosis or perversion con- a slip between the lips, there is not the case with the sexual instinct. no trouble. At the worst, teeth And some people eat or an ulcered stomach or a hardened own

on each other's bracing, body. I have no doubt that lyrical poetry would not have developed all if our hairy human ancestors then, must have helped had had no lice on their bodies. This, considerably to develop the amorous in- stinct. On for the other hand, the biped human pregnant mother was now to a state of grievous a considerably longer period subjected During the earlier period of imperfect adjustment to the erect position, I can see that it was even more difficult for

tem- is perament will not arise as a result of this new environment. Apart from all this, the subjective factor is always as Important as the objective. Philosophy comes in as a way of changing man's outlook and also changing his character. How man is going to react toward this machine civilization depends on what kind of a man he is. In the realm of biology, there are such things as sensibility to stimulus, slowness or quickness of reaction, and different behaviors of different animals in

out of a misplaced maternal instinct, applied to a wrong species, as if true tigers ever thought anything of a little whipping. These women are vaguely groping for a place in and trying very hard to make it sound convincing to themand to others. The rewards of political, literary and artistic achievement produce life selves in their authors only a pale, intellectual chuckle, while the rewards of seeing one's own children grow up big and strong are wordless and immensely real. How many

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