- Copertina flessibile: 308 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (10 gennaio 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1468190113
- ISBN-13: 978-1468190113
- Peso di spedizione: 531 g
Rationality Is the Way to Happiness: The Theory and Practice of Rational Living (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 10 gen 2012
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JOHN VESPASIAN writes about rational living and is the author of the books "When everything fails, try this" (2009), "Rationality is the way to happiness" (2009), "The philosophy of builders" (2010) and "The 10 principles of rational living" (2012). He has lived in New York, Madrid, Paris and Munich. His work reflects the values of entrepreneurship, tolerance and self-reliance.
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From Chapter 2
In 1922, Carter went through the lowest point in his career. As he contemplated the boats sailing across the river, he must have spent many hours pondering his dark future and unsuccessful past. His sponsor, Lord Carnavon, had announced that he would no longer be funding Carter's excavations beyond the end of that year.
The belief in the existence of Tutankhamen's undiscovered tomb had not earned Carter any professional distinction. On the contrary, his theory, developed out of his own interpretation of fragments found by other archaeologists, was considered marginal and obscure.
During the previous six years, Carter had spent a good part of Lord Carnavon's fortune on excavations in the Valley of Kings. The results had been so disappointing that Carnavon had decided to put an end to the enterprise.
At that time, Carter was already 48 years old. He must have been looking back at his life wondering if he had done the right thing. Why had he embarked on a risky venture instead of choosing a safe career? He had no money, no wife, no children, and an uncertain future.
Although he had devoted decades to studying Ancient Egypt, he had failed to secure a high-paying position. The dominant view was that Tutankhamen's tomb had been pillaged and forgotten centuries ago. Only Carter was convinced that the tomb could still be found, buried somewhere under the sand.
Nowadays, when tourists visit the location of Carter's barrack in the Valley of Kings, their guide asks them to use their hand to shade their eyes from the sun and look at the sign on the other side of the dune.
The sign points visitors to Tutankhamen's tomb, which Carter finally managed to find in November 1922, when his last excavation campaign was about to end. He had spent years looking for that tomb and had succeeded only a few days before Carnavon's deadline. Carter's extraordinary initiative and persistence had paid off against all expectations, in direct opposition to the views of official experts and professors.
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