The art of living according to ecclesiastes

Maarten Verkerk, Jan Hoogland

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Why am I working so hard? Why do I find it so important to be successful? Why am I ready to give up a large part of my personal life for my work? All of us, now and then, find ourselves asking these kinds of questions, and they make us uncomfortable; they’re questions for which we don’t have a ready answer. Sometimes we would prefer to just push those questions away from us. It appears that these kinds of questions have a dynamic of their own: they simply keep coming back, even though you try to avoid them. Even when we are continually preoccupied with them, it’s difficult to clearly formulate our thoughts and feelings. The peculiar thing about these kinds of questions is that they continue to trouble us when we try to escape them, but that simply raising them already gives a measure of peace.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnother State of Mind
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Wisdom Traditions on Management and Business
EditorsRobert J. Blomme, Bertine van Hoof
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781137425829
ISBN (Print)9781137425805
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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