9 quotes from The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the Twenty- first Century: ‘The heroes of all myths face doubts. They feel that they ha. Carlo Strenger . celebrities—and thus the persistent fear of insignificance arises . Homo globalis try to assuage their persistent fears of insignificance: the. In The Fear of Insignificance Carlo Strenger diagnoses the wide-spread fear of the global educated class of leading insignificant lives. Making.
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Return to Book Page. The Fear of Insignificance: The book is a unique blend of an interpretation of the historical present and a poignant description of contemporary individual experience, anxiety, and hopes, in which Strenger makes use of his decades of clinical experience in existential psychotherapy. Without falling into the trap of simplistic self-help advice, Strenger shows how a process he calls active self-acceptance, together with serious intellectual investment in our worldviews, can provide us with stable identity and meaning.
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He writes for several newspapers and lectures clinical psychology at Telaviv university. He’s got a very own life landmark: His wife is a political psychologist. In his book he speaks with admiration about Karl Jaspers, the German philosopher for some the exponent of German Existentialism: He l Carlo is a Swiss-Israeli psychologist, a philosopher and an existential psychoanalyst.
He lived till 86 years old. Jaspers searched for lucidity, not fame. Also, the self celebrity as defined by ratings.
Overcoming the ‘fear of insignificance’
Wealth, fame and power are not essential. The Epicurist restricted life to its essential basic needs fulfilled included.
He cites abundantly the cases of midlife crisis experienced by Freud and Jung which implied prolonged isolation. I have found it interesting the part when Strenger analyzed from the identity point of view the biographies of Philip Roth, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and B. Obama and others and favored this solution: There are other ways. View all 13 comments. Dec 19, Jeremiah rated it liked it Shelves: A brilliant start section I-II posing questions pointing direct into the root of irrational anxiety of contemporary homo globalis.
However in section III, the author unfortunately deviated from his original point of discussion and delved in an long-dragged discussion of religious world views. The good life was one in which an strsnger came to full fruition. The criteria for such fruition were no longer universal nor determined by csrlo of virtues predefined by an external aut A brilliant start section I-II posing questions pointing direct into the root of irrational anxiety of contemporary homo globalis. The criteria for such fruition were no longer universal nor determined by catalogues of virtues predefined by an external authority like religion or social order, but the internal coherence of character.
Our existential equation is who we are. The fulfilled life is insignificaance one in which the existential equation is solved, but a life in which the existential equation is lived out fruitfully and creatively. The resolution of this equation can only mean death. Real change often requires something like metaphysical realization about what it means to be free. The crucial step is to accept that to become the author of our lives, we need to accept that we haven’t chosen the base material of who we are.
We can only choose to shape them with clear view of strength and weakness, as Nietzsche says.
This process, like stretching, involves pain and requires discipline. Pairing down life to the essentials Midlife can initiate a process in which one asks: What am I really good at? What gives my life the most meaning? On what do I have to focus to leave a creation that has some og value? Aug 31, Kacie rated it really liked it. Insignifiicance, Strenger does provide powerful insights to today’s flawed ideaologies and give suggestions on how to fix them.
In this respect I feel that it is well worth the read. May 27, John rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book by my good friend and colleague, Carlo Strenger, and insiggnificance myself physically nodding in agreement at his trenchant critique of our current global intellectual quandary.
He sets down, with greater clarity than I have seen elsewhere, exactly how I see the intellectual and cultural cul-de-sac of recent Western thought and praxis and appeals for a return to that fateful crossing on the pilgrimage of thought where leaders took the broad road of ‘just do it’, pop spiritualit I really enjoyed this book by my good friend and colleague, Carlo Strenger, and found myself physically nodding in agreement at his trenchant critique of our current global intellectual quandary.
He sets down, with greater clarity than Strenter have seen elsewhere, exactly how I see the intellectual and cultural cul-de-sac of recent Western thought and praxis and appeals for a return to that fateful crossing on the pilgrimage of thought where leaders took the broad road of ‘just do it’, pop spirituality and political correctness instead of continuing on the path of struggle for intellectual and emotional meaning.
I don’t go with his support for Dawkins, Hitchens et al, not just because of the venomous and rather self-righteous nature of their attacks on all faith and religion, but also because they come across as fundamentalists themselves.
This apart the book is a refreshing and honest varlo, and that the search is incomplete he makes clear in the final strengeg where he pleads for the elaboration of a Common Sacred Cause which is an open, humane constructive world-view.
I crlo optimistic at the end that such an evolution of religion and meaning is possible and is under way, and I will return to read the book again. It says much, asks good questions and points in several fruitful directions. Jan 18, Filipa rated it it was catlo. Nesse sentido cunhou um termo sui generis para se referir ao homem moderno: Apr 19, Pedro Rustizu rated carlk did not like it.
I find it quite boring, it was suggested me to read as a good book, i had some good hopping but couldn’t find anything worth about it. Too generalist, mixes a lot strengwr theories, talks about politics, terrorism, religion and other strehger mixing up all in a book that in the end it doesn’t make much sense to me neither helps in any kind of way.
Aug 31, Dierregi rated it it was amazing Shelves: According to Strenger, we live in the era of Homo Globalis, a very unhappy creature who is bombarded by useless and unwanted information. Homo Globalis is also permanently interconnected and ranked on all social media and this creates major dissatisfaction even despair.
How can an ordinary Homo Globalis compare with Lady Gaga and her million followers? How can anybody feel safe, when an unremarkable comment on Twitter is disliked, gets retweeted and ends up creating a surge of hatred? Conformity According to Strenger, we live in the era of Homo Globalis, a very unhappy creature who is bombarded by useless and unwanted carli.
The Fear of Insignificance Quotes
But at least I would have the great relief not to be a hypocrite and pretend that I am fine with lots of things I am totally not fine with. Strenger points out correctly that criticism only brings a defensive attitude and deepens the attachment to one worldviews, which works in both directions, so we should just agree to disagree and go our merry, separate ways – that is, until somebody wants you to swallow their point of view with violence This connects with human fear of insignificance and the need to belong to something bigger than our limited existence.
Strenger tries to offer some hope at the end of this succint, brilliant book but honestly, considering the inane stupidity – biological and cultural – of humankind, there is little hope for the future. Jun 22, Dmitry Zinenko rated it liked it. This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
The number of interesting ideas did not justify the amount of text and the writing style sometimes resembles a public speech delivered at an academic gathering. The book is composed of 3 parts. The first part is basically a long and unpleasant rant against religion, pop spirituality in particular, and how people should study more philosophy and humanitarian sciences. The author voices some very emotional complaints, but does not give any signific This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
The author voices some very emotional complaints, but does not give any significant logical discussion and little evidence to support his claims.
The second part was the most fruitful. Strenger introduced some ideas cited from other psychologists and sociologists that resonated with me, although, once again, there wasn’t much discussion around why they are correct or what could be the alternatives.
The final part is looking forward into the future, and introduces the concept of “civilized disdain”, which I found nice and useful.
The Fear of Insignificance Quotes by Carlo Strenger
But, once again, there was too much idle “public speech” discussion which is clearly meant as inspirational, but probably could have reached that goal using half the number of pages. Aug 14, Samuel Elmaleh rated it really liked it. Apr 11, Thomas rated it liked it. Interesting arguments and insights, second half of the book not that interesting anymore. Sailormouth Stay rated it it was amazing Nov 06, Kathleen rated it liked it Feb 03, Kayla rated it it was ok Sep 15, Harold rated it liked it Apr 15, Byron Ernest rated it really liked it Mar 30, Emily rated it really liked it Jan 20, Joel Page rated it really liked it Jul 06, Bjorn Delbeecke rated it liked it Jan 17, Enrique rated it liked it May 17,