Delia Smith earned our trust as one of our most-respected cookery writers. Now she invites us to join her in stepping back and thinking more deeply about ourselves and our world. In her new book, You Matter, Delia shows the value of the ‘examined life’ and why we need it more than ever.
We know science is awesome, as are its achievements. Yet so far science has managed to side step the most awesome reality of all, the true nature of human life, the source of their own genius. How is it that in the overwhelming immensity of the cosmos, on microscopic earth, human beings exist?
Delia argues that we have not yet looked reality in the face and perceived the nobility and grandeur of who we are. The presence of the human spirit, a crucial but much neglected part of human nature, is often seen as something otherworldly, exclusive to religion. But all of us, whether or not we have a religion, can and must revive this important part of life.
It’s only when we step away from the noise and take time to reflect that we can see how each of us has a responsibility in the universe and are part of a vast and continuing process. Thinking more deeply in this way can help to inspire insights into who we are – and how we can work together to solve the urgent problems of our age.
Drawing upon writers who have inspired her, including Maslow, Viktor Frankel, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Peter Kropotkin
Delia argues that humans are finally coming of age. It’s time for us all to step up and think bigger and more ambitiously, and have confidence in our ability to build a future together in these uncertain times.
You Matter: The Hunter Solution is published by Mensch Publishing priced £14.99.
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