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The Burnout Society | Byung-Chul Han
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Han's argument is that we have transitioned from a disciplinary society in which we are pressured to conform by external forces, into an achievement society in which we are pressured to conform by the introjected requirement to "live your best life", and so exploit ourselves in the impossible task of seeking ever-receding, pointless and illusory life goals, set by Capital. Consumerism requires that we are never satisfied, and so we can only ??

Bookwomble ...fail to achieve, expending our energy in a fruitless aspirational quest for a sense of worth and self-fulfillment deliberately withheld from us, resulting in burnout, and the descent into depression. That "being happy" has become a requirement makes unhappiness a personal failing, rather than an appropriate response to adverse circumstance, further eroding self-worth. My takeaway message: Give yourself a break, you are good enough as you are. 5d
TrishB Exactly 👍🏻 but if capitalism didn‘t convince us we‘re not good enough there would be nothing to sell.... 5d
Bookwomble @TrishB Just so. Other than books (😁), I'm fortunate, I think, not to have an acquisitive/status mindset. However, I did notice that as I recorded this book as finished and looked at my reading challenge stats, I got a little thrill of accomplishment at the computer-generated validation that I'm one book ahead of target! Achievement society is insidious! 5d
TrishB Lol 😂 5d
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Bookwomble
The Burnout Society | Byung-Chul Han
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"Achievement society is the society of self-exploitation. The achievement-subject exploits itself until it burns out. In the process, it develops auto-aggression that often enough develops into self-destruction."

[Image: https://dribbble.com/shots/6122820-Self-Exploitation]

GingerAntics Social media to a T 4d
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Bookwomble
The Burnout Society | Byung-Chul Han
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"In social networks, the function of "friends" is primarily to heighten narcissism by granting attention, as consumers, to the ego exhibited as a commodity."

Ouch! The truth (and the irony) hurts?Please ❤ this post

Cathythoughts Love this 😂 6d
Cathythoughts Maybe I shouldn‘t laugh , Sorry. But there is a humorous side to this too .... 6d
Leftcoastzen 😂😂 6d
Bookwomble @Cathythoughts Laughing is an appropriate response 😊 5d
GingerAntics I love this post!!! 5d
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Bookwomble
The Burnout Society | Byung-Chul Han
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“The late-modern achievement-subject does not pursue works of duty. Its maxims are not obedience, law, and the fulfillment of obligation, but rather freedom, pleasure, and inclination. Above all, it expects the profits of enjoyment from work. It works for pleasure and does not act at the behest of the Other. Instead, it hearkens mainly to itself. After all, it must be a self-starting entrepreneur”

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One of the things I miss the most since moving to a new state is my book club. Happily, they haven't forgotten me. Check out this cute tote with several of our favorite titles! They sent it to me for Christmas 😊

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Bookwomble
The Burnout Society | Byung-Chul Han
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Reading this book about the social causes of burnout, stress, depression and anxiety is a useful reminder that we aren't personally at fault for our existential struggles. Contemplating those things can, however, be heavy going, so here's the kind of inspirational post (obviously, not from this book!) that usually makes me retch, but which in this moment actually made me smile in recognition. Back to the bleak quotes shortly...

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Bookwomble
The Burnout Society | Byung-Chul Han
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"First and foremost, depression is creative fatigue and exhausted ability."

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Bookwomble
The Burnout Society | Byung-Chul Han
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The complaint of the depressive individual “Nothing is possible” can only occur in a society that thinks “Nothing is impossible.” No-longer-being-able-to-be-able leads to destructive self-reproach & auto-aggression. The achievement-subject finds itself fighting with itself. The depressive has been wounded by internalized war. Depression is the sickness of a society that suffers from excessive positivity. It reflects a humanity waging war on itself

RaimeyGallant Damn. Added. 1w
Come-read-with-me Sounds amazing - stacked! 1w
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Bookwomble
The Burnout Society | Byung-Chul Han
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A philosophical look at how our intrusive connectedness and increased cognitive processing leads to depression, stress and exhaustion (the irony of posting this on social media...)
Written in 2010, the initial pages about the erosion of the sense of Other (foreign, threatening, to be expelled), being replaced with Different (exotic, intriguing, to be assimilated) as an effect of globalization seems less convincing in the age of Trump and Brexit.

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The Practice of Everyday Life | Michel de Certeau

"The pilgrim moves in a world where heaven mingles with the history of the earth and where the least circumstances acquire a universal dimension."