the book – ‘The Art of Travel’ by Alain De Botton
Well, at first I didn’t understand why his books are so popular (in Korea also), but now yes, same here..I cannot resist his books even if some of the topics are challenging (I mean it needs lots of knowledge, from philosophy to art, hisory..etc). It feels like this would somehow enrich or improve my life (as is written at the cover page of this book^^) after covering the last page of the book.
So many phrases that I couldn’t agree more..including below.
And yet De Maistre’s work springs from a profound and suggestive insight : that the pleasure we drive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to. If only we could apply a travelling mindset to our own locales, we might find these places becoming no less interesting than the high mountain passes and butterfly-filled jungles of Humboldt’s South America. (p.246)
Eight decades later, Nietzsche, who had read and admired De Maistre ( and spent much time in his room), picked up on the thought :
When we observe how some people know how to manage their experiences – their insignificant, everyday experiences – so that they become an arable soil that bears fruit three times a year, while others – and how many there are! — are driven through surging waves of destiny, the most multifarious currents of the times and the nations, and yet always remain on top, bobbing like a cork: then we are at the end tempted to divide mankind into a minority (a minimality) of those who know how to make much of little, and a majority of those who know how to make little of much. (p.253)
Guess I will be reading another works of him soon again.