“Grief and loneliness, depression, despair and failure. These things are the common human lot, at least at times in all our lives”.

With philosophy, however, we can prepare for them. Through reading, thinking, questioning, enjoying, we can gain insight, tolerance and the courage to live our lives. This helps to create strategies with which to deal with life, while inspiring us to reflect upon the world around us.   It is our duty to live such ‘considered lives’ and to realise that we can shape and control our own stories.

This is the fifth in a series of essay collections from the UK’s top philosopher A.C. Grayling, reflecting upon the form of our world and its diversity. The essays are grouped by theme into thoughts upon life and the standards we live by. They include vivid arguments and perceptive pieces on major thinkers, modern rights and liberties issues. Critically relevant, this book brilliantly articulates the philosophical debate and reflection needed to prepare us for life in the twenty-first century. As a result, it deserves reading.