The Cost of Comfort

by John Lachs

Published by: Indiana University Press

116 pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253043177
  • Published: July 2019

$20.00

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253043160
  • Published: July 2019

$60.00

  • eBook
  • 9780253043191
  • Published: July 2019

$9.99

  • eBook
  • 9780253043184
  • Published: July 2019

$9.99

Philosopher John Lachs observes that humans today live lives of comfort but also sees that these comfortable lives come at a cost: our increasing unhappiness. In The Cost of Comfort, Lachs contemplates what humans need in order to live fulfilled lives in today's world. While comfort has not always reached everyone evenly, Lachs acknowledges that most of us who live in the US today reap the benefits of modern life. We live longer, we eat better food, we have access to good medical care, and we can stay in touch with loved ones who are far away. Lachs argues that this dizzyingly complex world often inspires isolation, but he believes that deeper engagement with it is required in order to dispel our growing psychic distance. Lachs advocates for mediation and champions education, advertising, openness, and transparency to help individuals understand the role they play in society and to nullify claims to blamelessness. Lachs suggests new rules for responsibility and argues that examining and understanding the consequences of one's actions is imperative to overcoming the ills and problems of the modern world.