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Terrific Proves that good philosophy can and should be accessible to the general reader Moreover, it is an important argument about how and why suffering is always entangled with care I felt the analysis of the doctrines of invulnerability should have been accompanied by at least some reference to metaphysical grounds for acceptance of suffering but he shies away from this and leaves us mainly with rational grounds. I really cannot say enough about the approachability of Todd May s work He finds a intellectually rigorous yet human readable way to convey both the surface and the nuance of life s biggest questions A Fragile Life is an amazing complement to his work in A Significant Life. As a practicing Stoic Buddhist, I was intrigued by May s exploration of what he feels is missing from these invulnerablist approaches to life In the end I don t quite agree with him, largely because I don t agree that these approaches require the sort of emotional distancing he seems to believe they do I suppose he might be right in one sense the Stoic Sage or the Enlightened Buddhist may have that level of detachment, but being concerned about that is like a 97 pound weakling not liftin As a practicing Stoic Buddhist, I was intrigued by May s exploration of what he feels is missing from these invulnerablist approaches to life In the end I don t quite agree with him, largely because I don t agree that these approaches require the sort of emotional distancing he seems to believe they do I suppose he might be right in one sense the Stoic Sage or the Enlightened Buddhist may have that level of detachment, but being concerned about that is like a 97 pound weakling not lifting weights because he s concerned about becoming too muscle bound Really enjoyed this book for the most part but had to force myself to finish May does a good job of unpacking why I often feel uncomfortable for invulnerability Stoicism, Buddhism, etc His thesis is closer to my own beliefs and well reasoned. great idea but difficult to read &DOWNLOAD KINDLE ★ A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability ⇸ It is perhaps our noblest cause, and certainly one of our oldest to end suffering Think of the Buddha, Chuang Tzu, or Marcus Aurelius stoically composed figures impervious to the torments of the wider world, living their lives in complete serenity and teaching us how to do the same After all, isn t a life free from suffering the ideal Isn t it what so many of us seek Absolutely not, argues Todd May in this provocative but compassionate book In a moving examination of life and the trials that beset it, he shows that our fragility, our ability to suffer, is actually one of the most important aspects of our humanity May starts with a simple but hard truth suffering is inevitable At the most basic level, we suffer physically a sprained ankle or a bad back But we also suffer insults and indifference We suffer from overburdened schedules and unforeseen circumstances, from moral dilemmas and emotional heartaches Even just thinking about our own mortality the fact that we only live one life can lead us to tremendous suffering No wonder philosophies such as Buddhism, Taosim, Stoicism, and even Epicureanism all of which counsel us to rise above these plights have had appeal over the centuries May highlights the tremendous value of these philosophies and the ways they can guide us toward better lives, but he also exposes a major drawback to their tenets such invulnerability is too emotionally disengaged from the world, leading us to place too great a distance between ourselves and our experience Rather than seeking absolute immunity, he argues most of us just want to hurt less and learn how to embrace and accept what suffering we do endure in a meaningful way Offering a guide on how to positively engage suffering, May ultimately lays out a new way of thinking about how we exist in the world, one that reassures us that our suffering, rather than a failure of physical or psychological resilience, is a powerful and essential part of life itself