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Seize the Moment Podcast

Jun 5, 2022

On episode 133, we welcome Avram Alpert to discuss creating a good-enough world as opposed to one that solely benefits greatness, the myth of meritocracy and how it engenders biased outcomes, the talent that’s frequently overlooked in Western culture, the Buddhist belief that life is inherently unsatisfactory despite how wealthy or successful you are, the future-oriented mindset of obsessive striving and how it forms a barrier to momentary pleasures, why the good-enough world isn’t idealistic and would present problems (albeit more tractable ones), why communism failed and democratic socialism can succeed, and why everyone eventually suffers if most of us do.

Avram Alpert is a writer and educator. He is a fellow at The New Institute, Hamburg and has taught at Princeton and Rutgers. He has also written for publications including Aeon, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Truthout, and the Brooklyn Rail. He is the author of Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki (2019), A Partial Enlightenment: What Modern Literature and Buddhism Can Teach Us About Living Well Without Perfection (2021), and his newest book is called The Good-Enough Life (2022). 

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