I was thoroughly entertained even as I was challenged by these thoughts on success and failure. Alain de Botton is witty as he flies through this presentation.
“the opposite of a snob is your mother…”
“Don’t judge the guy driving a Ferrari as greedy; he’s really in need of love.”
“There is a strong correlation between being told ‘you can do anything’ and low self-esteem.”
“There’s a real difference between an ‘unfortunate’ and a ‘loser.'”
And this self-proclaimed secularist quotes St. Augustine who wrote (City of God) that it is only God who can judge.
Get ready for a lot of ideas in a short time. Well worth a listen.