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How does Brooks distinguish between happiness and joy?

In the book's Introduction, Brooks distinguishes between happiness and joy by explaining that the former is a victory for the self - a goal achieved - while the latter is the forgetting of self - a giving that is so complete that one overlooks one's own needs or desires and looks toward something transcendent (xxxiii).

What is hyper-individualism and why does it not satisfy?

Brooks criticizes our current culture as hyper-individualistic, by which he means it is too focused on the self, on achievement, on reputation and on personal goals (xvii). He sees this tendency as destructive since it neglects the most important aspect of life which is relational and which requires living selflessly for others. This more important aspect, the only hope for joy in life, requires a forgetting of self and the subordination of one's goals to...

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