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If today were the last day of your life, would you live it differently?
The Art of Freedom is a nomadic manifesto that discusses freedom from five perspectives: freedom from the nation-state and economy, freedom to decide about our own way of life and our own opinions, and to live and let others live. The narrative takes the reader from the war-torn Balkans to Dalai Lama's home in exile, Dharamsala.
- Hardcover, ebook; 215 pages
- ISBN 9789523000223; price $36.95; Atena, 2014
- In Finnish: Vapaana elämisen taito; Available in Finnish
Helsingin Sanomat: "Freshly challenges received ideas about the nation-state, citizenship, economy, power, ethics, happiness, and the current time-crunched lifestyle."
Päivi and Santeri Kannisto: The Art of Freedom
I liked the book. It gave a lot of food for thought and showed how narrow-minded we often are. On the other hand, the extreme views of the writers were a bit disturbing and some of the ideas were radical. Personally, I wouldn't want to neglect my debt or buy, for example, only the cheapest products. I'm not at all surprised if many readers get upset from such suggestions. They seem so "irresponsible". It is true that the world wouldn't go around if everyone did like the authors. But if you look at the world without pink glasses, you see how little the humanity has spiritually developed. We are still fighting for some small piece of land, letting people to starve to death, and destroying our environment. The world doesn't work that way either… Freedom, however, is not just about being able to "do whatever makes you happy" and to be free from societie's chains. It is more important to free your mind, after which the world will follow.