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The Second Mountain by David Brooks review – a self-help guide to escaping the self

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The New York Times columnist’s best book yet argues that we won’t find midlife satisfaction until we commit to a cause or communityBefore it became a catch-all term for the embarrassing antics of middle-aged men, “midlife crisis” meant something specific: that moment, any time from about age 35, when the goals you’ve been pursuing in adulthood don’t seem worth it any more. It’s bad enough if you’ve failed to achieve your career ambitions, win the respect of your peers or fashion a comfortable lifestyle. But in some ways it’s worse if you’ve succeeded, because then it’s all too obvious that such things don’t bring deep fulfilment.
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