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The wonder paradox : embracing the weirdness of existence and the poetry of our lives

ISBN: 9781250321855
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador Us (ADS)
Origin: US
Release Date: June, 2024

Book Details

Where do we ?nd magic? Peace? Connection? We have calendars to mark time, communal spaces to bring us together, bells to signal hours of contemplation, o?cial archives to record legacies, the wisdom of sages read aloud, weekly, to map out the right way to live-in kindness, justice, morality. These rhythms and structures of society were all once set by religion. Now, for many, religion no longer runs the show. So how then to celebrate milestones? Find rules to guide us? Figure out which texts can focus our attention but still o?er space for inquiry, communion, and the chance to dwell for a dazzling instant in what can’t be said? Where, really, are truth and beauty? The answer, says The Wonder Paradox, is in poetry. In twenty chapters built from years of questions and conversations with those looking for an authentic and meaningful life, Jennifer Michael Hecht o?ers ways to mine and adapt the useful aspects of tradition and to replace what no longer feels true. Our capacity for wonder is one of the greatest joys of being human; The Wonder Paradox celebrates that instinct and that yearning.