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    Why is philosophy, an abstract and difficult pursuit, considered by DeBotton to be a solution for status anxiety?

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    It is interesting to realize how little we have progressed since those days of dueling over insulted honor. Today, rather than dishonor, we fear disrespect. If someone disrespects us we feel we must seek reprisals whether physical, monetary or verbal. It shows that we, just as the dueler hundreds of years ago, base our self-worth more on ...

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    This solution examines the possibility that philosophy might offer a solution to status anxiety. DeBotton's original text is included as well as a 250 word discussion of DeBotton's claim.