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The School of Life

The School of Life

The School of Life has opened up in Central London, which sells itself as somewhere to “try out a variety of cultural solutions to everyday ailments”. You can embark on courses in the meaning of life, work, play, love etc., “travel holidays” where a real expert takes you to places (such as the overlooked delights of Heathrow Airport with philosopher Alain de Botton), a bibliotherapist who can suggest books for you to read, “sermons” from leading experts in various fields, or conversational meals which come with conversational topics as well as food.

I can’t decide whether this is a cool way to introduce new thinking into our retail-obsessed culture (which I’ve largely opted out of), or if it’s just an incredibly pretentious sad statement of affairs on our society.

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