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The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
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it was amazing

This book explains so much of our modern world.
It’s written by a professor who was struck by this weird juxtaposition: In the most prosperous land that has ever existed, Americans are less and less happy.

The cause? "The overabundance of choice."

Choices are exhausting and make us less happy.
The solution: Limit your options/freedom by living according to rules.
Rules are the pathway to freedom.

Though the version I read was very dated, it could not be more applicable to the instagram society we live in.

"The pinnacle of human possibility, awash in material abundance. As a society, we have achieved what our ancestors could, at most, only dream about, but it has come at a great price.
We get what we say we want, only to discover that what we want doesn’t satisfy us to the degree that we expect.
We are free to be the authors of our own lives, but we don’t know exactly what kind of lives we want to “write.”
The “success” of modernity turns out to be bittersweet, and everywhere we look it appears that a significant contributing factor is the overabundance of choice."

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Reading Progress

July 21, 2019 – Started Reading
July 21, 2019 – Shelved
July 27, 2019 – Finished Reading

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