This book contains records of the history, daily life, and philosophy of Kim Hyeong-seok, who turns 100 years old this year.
- Book Intro
“Why don’t you try living life to the fullest?”
This book is a record of a brilliant and a resilient life that has spanned over a century.
These days, ordinary daily life feels more precious than ever. There is one philosopher whose daily life is particularly special. Kim Hyeong-seok turns 100 in 2020. He still uses a fountain pen and paper to write, and he gives as many lectures as he can. But he doesn’t do this for money or honor. Rather, he says that plans to “keep working as long as he can provide at least a small help to others.” The Diary of a Centenarian is the product of this life philosophy.
It contains 70 heart-warming essays on the themes of aging, health, family, longing, faith, love, society and daily life. Not only do they bear the weight of a life spanning over century, but they also sparkle with the brilliance of a life that continues on to this day. Every night, the elderly professor reads his diaries from last year and the year prior and then writes about his day. He conveys his growing feelings of gratitude, love, longing, and yearning for a brand-new tomorrow.
- About the Author
Kim Hyeong-seok is a philosopher, essayist, and honorary professor at Yonsei University. He was born in 1920 in Unsan, North Pyongan. Kim Hyeong-seok taught philosophy at Yonsei University for 31 years, strengthening the base of Korean Philosophy. Since retiring in 1985, Kim has been contributing to society by writing and giving lectures. His publications include the philosophy books Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Historical Philosophy and The Disease of Solitude, Having Lived for 100 Years, and A Dialogue of Eternity and Love.