The Pursuit

“True poverty […] is when a young man or a young woman grows up with no dream, with no desire. That’s poverty, man.”

The Pursuit is a new documentary on Netflix with intrepid economist and social scientist Arthur Brooks who travels around the globe in search of an answer to the question: How can we live a good life and lift up the world together, starting with those at the margins of society?

His journey takes him through the chaotic streets of Mumbai, a town in Kentucky left behind by the global economy, a homeless shelter in New York, a street protest in Barcelona, Denmark – land of the supposedly happiest people on the planet and finally, a Himalayan Buddhist monastery.

Along the way, he claims to discover the secrets not only to material progress for the least fortunate, but also true and lasting happiness for all. A truly though-provoking film.

He starts by looking at capitalism and asks the question whether it’s a problem or the answer to society’s ills.

These were questions constantly on my mind as I was travelling through the Himalayas, seeing all those wonderful but highly marginalised cultures, people in poverty (at least according to Western standards) and yet – incredible spiritual riches and happiness.

Here’s the trailer, have a look:

Hope you’ll find this worthwhile to watch.


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