Thursday, May 26, 2011

School of Life

Near where I'm staying is a little store front near Russell Square called The School of Life. The shop sells a small number of books and gifts and also displays information about all The School of Life's services and programs. Beneath the shop is a classroom where small classes are held. According to the "school's" website the school offers a variety of programs and services concerned with how to live wisely and well, addressing such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to try to change the world for the better.

They have quite a diverse mix of offerings at the school from meals, to sermons(lectures), to field trips and demonstrations. The School of Life titles its courses according to things we all tend to care about; careers, relationships, politics, travels, families. An evening or weekend on one of its courses is likely to be spent reflecting on such matters as they seem to promote learning about yourself more than anything else.
In sum, this shop offers access to great minds, town hall meetings, trips, and well-chosen books... all in an effort to provide answers to the hard questions and help you live a fulfilling life. Here is one of their very informative Sunday sermons given by one of the school's founders Alain de Botton.




15 comments:

  1. sounds and looks very interesting!

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  2. Sounds like a pretty impressive school. It has some admirable aims at least.

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  3. " help you live a fulfilling life"
    That is such a different goal for everyone...

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  4. So... is it a school or a church/cult?

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  5. @Xenototh
    I'm thinking it's more of a non-religious church which you have to pay an entry fee too...maybe like Scientology or something

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  6. Wish I went to that school.

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  7. im with big mike on this one.

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  8. sounds like a good learning environment o_0

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  9. I mean..school is necessary and so but i still think they exagerate too much...its too much of it for such a short life

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  10. I wish my school was a bit more like this.

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  11. Every school should be like this!

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  12. as said above, having a school like this when i was there would of been awesome :P

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