Lucky me, I’ve been given next week off by the CEO here at LaChapelle INK. And so I’ve been lining up movies to see—including Coco, Darkest Hour, and The Shape of Water—though what I should be doing is plowing through the stacks of books overtaking my living space.
Among those that keep rising to the top are Mary Oliver’s Devotions; Brenda Peterson’s memoir I Want To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here On Earth; Thomas Moore’s Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy; and a book by one of my favorite English professors from grad school, American Indian Literatures by LaVonne Ruoff.
Oh, and then there are the titles I keep adding to my reading lists—books reviewed in the print and online publications I scour daily. The latest one on that list is philosophy professor Michael Ruse’s On Purpose, in which he considers the question of the purpose of life, even of a life, a topic of great interest not only to philosophers, of course.
Among the review details, what I found most memorable is Ruse’s short list of what he believes makes for a meaning-filled or purposeful life:
“Taking his cue from his own Quaker upbringing, [Ruse] argues that three things remain deeply satisfying in life, even if philosophically one ends up on the side of Epicurus and his denial of design: family; a life of service to others; and, not surprisingly for a philosopher, the life of the mind.”
It is a most interesting selection, methinks, especially the second, which makes me want to read Ruse’s book. Maybe it will reveal the intersection between the author’s Quaker past and his philosophical present.
See you in the new year.