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Well structured and well argued book, in a way quite "old fashioned" in that it eschews the modern urge of "having it all". Brinkmann is a psychologist, but his book is more philosophical, as it quotes Aristotle, Plato, Kierkegaard, the stoics and Foucault, for instance. But I believe he wants to create a basis for his ideas of how to psychologically feel and function better in the modern era.

So those looking for a "fix yourself in 10 lessons" kind of book will be disappointed, as Brinkmann is more interested in laying an ideological foundation for learning "JOMO", the "Joy of Missing Out", a term based on today's prevalent "FOMO - Fear of Missing Out" (exacerbated by the ever present social media, for sure!):

"We are constantly invited to do something, think something, experience something, buy something, consume something. ... we rarely practice the art of self-restraint, of saying no and opting out - those are skills we lack both as individuals and as a society." (p. 2-3)

Brinkmann argues there are five dimensions to moderation: political, existential, ethical, psychological, and an aesthetic, and the book describes these aspects, in what I think are excellent arguments. It is worth noting, that he also points out a basic flaw in Walter Mischel's famous "Marshmallow-tests" (on children's self-restraint). He also shows why Donald Trump's "positive thinking"-philosophy (based on Norman Vincent Peale's famous book "The Power of Positive Thinking") is flawed, and why it brings havoc.

The book is excellent, and admirably succint. The trick now is, of course, to put this wisdom into practice. I think - I hope! - this book will continue to engage my thoughts and actions for quite some time - maybe for a lifetime


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