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The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living

Mari Ruti


Should we feel inadequate when we fail to be healthy, balanced, and well-adjusted? Is it realistic or even desirable to strive for such an existential equilibrium? Condemning our current cultural obsession with cheerfulness and “positive thinking,” this book calls for a resurrection of character that honors our more eccentric frequencies and argues that sometimes a tormented and anxiety-ridden life can also be rewarding. The book critiques the search for personal meaning and pragmatic attempts to normalize human beings' unruly and idiosyncratic natures. Exposing the tragic banality of a happy ... More

Keywords: character, existential equilibrium, personal meaning, adversity, coping, melancholia, disorientation, disappointment, emotions, positive thinking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164085
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Ruti, author
University of Toronto, St. George Campus

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