Recently I came across an article in The New Yorker that nearly bowled me over.
The piece is called “Improving Ourselves to Death” by Alexandra Schwartz, and it thoroughly outlines the negative consequences of living in a “self-improvement culture.”
At one point, Schwartz quotes a line from British journalist Will Storr, author of “Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us.”
“We’re living in an age of perfectionism, and perfection is the idea that kills,” Storr writes. “People are suffering and dying under the torture of the fantasy self they’re failing to become.”
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If you’re like most people, you bounce from book to book haphazardly. What you read from month to month and year to year is simply not something you really sit down and think about. Or maybe you’ve gone through a season without reading any books at all. If that’s the case, you’re definitely not alone:
“The Pew Research Center reported [in January of 2014] that nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year. As in, they hadn’t cracked a paperback, fired up a Kindle, or even hit play on an audiobook while in the car. The number of non-book-readers has nearly tripled since 1978.”
Many of us are very intentional about what we put in our bodies (especially this time of year). Shouldn’t we also be intentional about what we put in our minds and hearts? Continue reading