Please do yourself a favor and go read The Book of Life. Srsly. It's worth it.
No, I'm not affiliated with the site. This is genuine enthusiasm.
But what the f-ck IS the Book of life, then? It is my new Bible.
It is my new Bible because someone hacked into my brain, extracted all its knowledge and beliefs, stole my life philosophy, extracted some wisdom from by subconscious mind, added some facts I wasn't aware of, and wrote the online book I was going to write someday. I'm happy someone else did it, though, because they did it better than I ever could have.
Unlike the real Bible, the Book of Life is easy to understand. It's brutally honest and concisely written. It is also genuinely useful. The authors don't seem to have a hidden agenda. There are no ads on the website. There's a lot of culture and philosophy but the text is practical.
They explain it like this:
There’s always been a longing to gather the important things in one place. Some of the appeal of a Bible or the collected works of a big name author is the sense that amidst all the chaos and disparate sources of knowledge, someone has taken the trouble to distill, to compress, to say what is essential. In a world overflowing with information, what we most need is curation. The Book of Life aims to be the curation of the best and most helpful ideas in the area of emotional life.
Well, I guess I already made my point. You can stop reading now and check out the website.
Or you can read a selection of my favorite articles. They are my favorites because they could have been written by me. Actually, I'm a weee bit angry and jealous because I wanted to write that stuff, but I know I wouldn't have gotten around to it anyway, so I guess I have to be grateful that someone else did it.
Love and self-love
Teaching and love
Loyalty and adultery