This brief conclusion reviews central themes of the book. One central theme is living meaningfully. The book defends the view that meaningful living consists in spending your life’s time on ends that you take yourself, in your best judgment, to have reason to value and thus to use yourself up on. Meaningful living depends not only on what characterizes one’s whole life, but also on one’s actual time expenditures. The book argues that locking in the future by making commitments is not essential to meaningful living; it also explores the connections between meaningful living and boredom. A second theme of the book concerns the difficulties in living life as a temporal evaluator: the vulnerabilities to demoralization, estrangement, boredom, loss of practical hope and basal hopefulness, discontentment, and meaninglessness at the temporally local level. A third theme is the way our lives as evaluators are shaped in important ways by the personal, the nonrational, and optional styles.
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