How Our Culture Lies To Us — And What Really Matters

By many external metrics, he should have been happy. But this talk goes beyond superficial happiness and covers one incredible journey to find out what really matters — and how society sends us in the wrong direction. There is so much pressure to check certain societal boxes and often they do far more harm than good.

“Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we’re trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation,” the description explains. “How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States — and his meetings with a range of exceptional people known as ‘weavers’ — Brooks lays out his vision for a cultural revolution that empowers us all to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose, and joy.”

He pushes past the myths of success, self-sufficiency, and meritocracy — and, instead, looks for something so much deeper. You can hear his whole story here:

What really matters might vary from one person to another, but there are some innate needs that we all share. While society puts the emphasis on success and achievement, Brooks has discovered that far more energy should be put into battling loneliness and finding connections — that’s, truly, a better way to live.