How to Reach Life's Second Mountain
David Brooks speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival about how life's mountains and valleys shape who we are.
What if you examined your life in the context of all of its stages? The annunciation and initiation phases in your youth and young adulthood are full of discovery and learning. Then, the odyssey years in your twenties bring wandering and loneliness and lead to a commitment-making phase in your thirties. David Brooks, author and New York Times op-ed columnist, says life’s mountains and valleys shape who we are and eventually lead us to a “second mountain.” This phase, later in life, often results in a feeling of true peace and happiness. In this lecture, Brooks uses examples from his own life and of others who encountered challenges along the way, like biologist E.O. Wilson, Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.
Discover more about what's discussed in this episode by clicking the links below.
- How I Learned to Cope with Disappointment, Setback, and Crisis, Aspen Ideas Festival
- Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
- The Four Commitments: The Choices That Create Your Life, Aspen Ideas Festival