The Considered Life: Save Yourself! (Unabridged)
by Stefan Boublil
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In 2008, I wondered what I was doing with my life, struggling to find a point in having founded a design firm in New York City and simultaneously feeling overwhelmingly stimulated by the rewards of my so-called success, a condition difficult for an immigrated French boy not to feel excited about. But I realized I was asking the wrong questions, instead of wondering what I was doing, I should have been pondering who I was, a much more interesting journey to undertake.And so I started writing, on the subjects that matter to me most, whether death or movies, love or travel, digging deep inside myself to try and unearth the layers of small truths that have accumulated in forty years of existence and hopefully get to know myself.The result was much more fruitful than I expected.That is because in addition to what I dug up, which would only be valuable to me, I discovered something much more useful: a process to question everything equally, which I have named The Considered Life. It is a tool for examining the choices we make from moment to moment and analyzing the causes and consequences of those decisions so that we may be certain they are ours and ours alone. This is self-consciousness, and empowerment lays within.This tool can be used by anyone, at any time for it is merely a way to think about your own life, a way which helped me define mine. Imagined as the opposite of dogma, The Considered Life simply encourages you to dig within your layers to explore who you really are.