Broad Oak: your emotional support animal

Sunday, August 10, 2008

At last, education for life (instead of lifelong education)

In the Sunday Express today, Alain de Botton explains why he's opened a School of Life shop-cum-philosopher's-studio-cum-therapy-room in Marchmont Street, London:

"Before I went to university, I imagined it as an extraordinary place where you'd get a chance to escape from commercial pressures and examine the great questions of life in beautiful surroundings with fascinating people, and so become a better, wiser, more interesting person."

So did I, and mostly what I learned was how naïf I'd been.

Good luck with the new venture.

5 comments:

dearieme said...

"naïf": reminds me of my father correcting me when I said I'd been naive.

dearieme said...

"naïf": reminds me of my father correcting me when I said I'd been naive.

SACKERSON said...

That's education for you.

hatfield girl said...

Hmmm. Birkbeck's just round the corner; they do really good evening classes. Hard, no you can't just waffle on, courses on philosophy and stuff.

Which life? Just behind the shop are acres of different cultures. And Marchmont Sreet is for shops where we buy things to eat and paint our houses and mend things and replace light bulbs and get the dry cleaning done. How did they get this past the Planning Committee? They have an absolute ban on any more snack bars.

SACKERSON said...

Alas, I live over 100 miles away from these wonderful things.