Mindfulness and the Big Questions: Philosophy for Now
Existential anxiety – a fear of our very existence – is something we all have to deal with in our lives. Some of us try to escape from this fear, through hiding in the distractions that modern life offers us. Some of us turn to philosophy, but, alas, philosophers throughout the ages have rarely offered good advice on how to face up to life. Mindfulness and the Big Questions explores how mindfulness can enhance our understanding of who and where we are, enabling us to come to terms with our existence, and to embrace being here now. Author Ben Irvine argues that the so-called Big Questions of philosophy – Why am I here? Do I really know anything? Am I free? Is there a higher power? What makes a life good? What does it all mean? – have Small Answers that are hiding in plain sight. These common sense, down-to-earth, life-embracing answers can help us all live more wisely and happily.
Scapegoating is one of humankind’s most unpleasant and unspoken practices. From witch-hunts and whipping boys to ritual sacrifices and genocides, our past abounds with shameful examples of individuals and minorities being forced to atone for the misdeeds and misfortunes of the powerful. In this groundbreaking book, philosopher Ben Irvine explores the history and psychology of scapegoating, identifying the tragic forces that tempt us to make culprits of the innocent. In turn, Irvine shines a spotlight on the shocking prevalence of scapegoating today. Confronting popular misconceptions about the source of our modern ills, he makes a compelling and controversial claim: that those who are the most vociferous in their condemnation of modern life have the most to answer for. A book for our times, from beyond the pale, Scapegoated Capitalism is a call for self-examination and responsibility.
“In connecting Einstein, meditation and the bicycle, Ben Irvine artfully expresses something so many cyclists have wondered about for so long. The book is a delight to read.” – Rob Penn
Ben Irvine’s first book, Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling is all about how inspiring cycling can be.
Through stories, fascinating facts and a few lessons in mindful living, Ben shows how cyclists can develop an enlightened outlook similar to Albert Einstein’s – practical, creative, communal and global all at once.
The outcome is an exhilarating philosophy for our times, and a celebration of balance, in more ways than one.
Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling is available to buy now. Delivery worldwide.