The lies our culture tells us about what matters -- and a better way to live | David Brooks
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What is a form of loneliness? 01:21

For David Brooks, loneliness unexpectedly came to him in the form of fear, of a burning in his stomach. It felt like drunkenness and a lack of solidity. The emptiness in his apartment reflected the emptiness in himself.


What is are some lies that our culture tells us? 01:45

David Brooks admits that he has fallen for these cultural lies. The first lie is that career success is fulfilling. The second lie is self-sufficiency, that he can make himself happy. The third lie is meritocracy.


What actually makes people happy? 02:20

The deep relationships of life and the losing of self-sufficiency.


How do you get out of a valley? 04:28

You can't climb out. Someone has to reach in and pull you out. From the dark period, David states you have to have a few realizations. For him, his first realization is that social freedom sucks. The second realization is your soul. The final realization is that you have to expand to a different level of consciousness.


What is both an art and a fortunate accident? 06:03

Love itself is whatever is leftover when being in love is burned away. That is what your heart yearns for.


What are weavers doing in life? 10:13

They reach down and grab people out of the valley. They live a relationalist life, not an individualistic life. They have a different set of values, which include moral motivations, vocational servitude, radical virtuality, and are geniuses at relationships.


What is joy? 12:54

Joy is a better thing to aim for than happiness. Joy is not the expansion of the self, it’s the dissolving of the self. It’s a moment where you’re so lost in your work or a cause that you have totally self-forgotten.


Why are we in a national valley? 14:10

We need a lot of environmental and economic change. It’s because we don’t have the mindset to balance it. We no longer feel good about ourselves as people, we’ve lost our defining faith in our future, and we don’t see each other deeply or treat each other well.


What is the theory of social change? 14:41

According to David, his theory of social change is that society changes when a small group of people find a better way to live and the rest of us copy them. He believes that the weavers have found a better way to live.