The unlivable life

Over Christmas I finally got round to reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. What a fabulous and challenging book in our distracted generation1 However, the quote of the book for me is when Newport is referencing the work of Dreyfus and Kelly (two secular philosophers). He states:

“The enlightenment’s metaphysical embrace of the autonomous individual leads not just to a boring life, it leads almost inevitably to a nearly unlivable one.”

 

The unlivable life is the one Adam & Eve reached for in the Garden of Eden and the one that every one of their descents have compulsively lived — the autonomous individual. Or putting it in simpler terms — life that has rejected God is an unlivable life. 

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