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9.19.2020

What's Really Worth Wanting

Matthew Croasmun

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9.19.2020

What's Really Worth Wanting

Matthew Croasmun

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9.19.2020

What's Really Worth Wanting

Matthew Croasmun

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What's Really Worth Wanting

Matthew Croasmun

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Is what you want really worth wanting? We often settle for procedural and productivity thinking—life hacks, listicles, and tips and tricks that offer the life of your dreams. We max out our search in the shallow water of seeking answers to the questions “what do I want and how can I get it?” But Matt Croasmun (Director of the Life Worth Living Program at Yale College) suggests that if we—a society in crisis—want to live lives worthy of our humanity, we need to ask the deepest question possible and let it inform our thinking: What is truly worth wanting?

From the episode:

  • "What is the shape of flourishing life?"
  • "We live answers to the deeper questions, even if we couldn't give you those answers if we were asked point blank.”
  • “If your ends are bad, then more effective means is hardly the solution."
  • “The great lie of 21st century is that the effectiveness question is the most profound question we can ask. The truth is: It’s merely the most profound question we’re able to answer."
  • “Navel-gazing is insufficient. The answer is not within."

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Matthew Croasmun
Associate Research Scholar

Matt Croasmun suggests that if we—a society in crisis—want to live lives worthy of our humanity, we need to ask the deepest question possible and let it inform our thinking: What is truly worth wanting?

Is what you want really worth wanting? We often settle for procedural and productivity thinking—life hacks, listicles, and tips and tricks that offer the life of your dreams. We max out our search in the shallow water of seeking answers to the questions “what do I want and how can I get it?” But Matt Croasmun (Director of the Life Worth Living Program at Yale College) suggests that if we—a society in crisis—want to live lives worthy of our humanity, we need to ask the deepest question possible and let it inform our thinking: What is truly worth wanting?

From the episode:

  • "What is the shape of flourishing life?"
  • "We live answers to the deeper questions, even if we couldn't give you those answers if we were asked point blank.”
  • “If your ends are bad, then more effective means is hardly the solution."
  • “The great lie of 21st century is that the effectiveness question is the most profound question we can ask. The truth is: It’s merely the most profound question we’re able to answer."
  • “Navel-gazing is insufficient. The answer is not within."

Watch the Full Lecture

Matthew Croasmun
Associate Research Scholar

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