What is the roadmap to happiness in this life, and can it be trusted?
What is the vehicle for traveling along the road, following the map?
If I reach happiness, what will it look like and how does society flourish?
You are very busy and you don’t have the time to stop and determine how best to answer the above questions. Life is difficult and complex with many traps along the way.
A vast amount of information has accumulated in our culture from the works of past generations: great art, myths, philosophy, and psychology. To ignore this hard won information, and instead search for the meaning of life on your own, is futile. Those who have been successful at reaching happiness are the ones who have extracted the information gleaned from the wisdom of previous generations.
We can help you answer the above questions and find your personal road to happiness. This road begins with science and then turns to philosophy for the remainder of the road. The road is illuminated with the works of great masters from the fine arts (visual art, music, poetry, and dance/ballet). We offer you the opportunity to reflect on what is important and then refine your thoughts to obtain true insight into finding happiness in you life.
This site revolves around the accumulated knowledge of many past generations arranged into an exciting new device, the Prose/Art Exposition. This is a dynamic synthesis of the intellectual theories of human motivation from the world’s great myths, philosophy, and psychology, with inspiring validation by the works of great artists from the fine arts. This is the roadmap to happiness, displayed in seven galleries (or segments of the road), for you to view.
The Prose represents the well-known ideas of three modern thinkers and four ancient philosophers. The three modern thinkers, leaders in their respective fields of psychology and the classics, have published articles and books that have changed the way we view human development and our motivations to reach happiness. Just as important, they are supported by teachings of four admired ancient philosophers.
The Art represents 90 well-known works of great artists, poets, composers, and choreographers from the past 500 years. They are displayed to translate the above-mentioned “prose” into human feelings, validate the experience, and inspire you to embrace the journey forward.
If you are to move forward towards happiness, the journey requires a reliable vehicle to follow the roadmap. That vehicle is a gift that is within each of us. For some of us this gift is difficult to keep under control; for others, it is buried deep inside and requires coaxing to bring it out. The philosophers, psychologists, classicists, and artists are all clear regarding the vital role of this gift: happiness can not be reached without it.
And, just as challenging as achieving individual happiness is the means for society to flourish. The road for the flourishing of society is the same road traveled by those in search of happiness. This is the great truth revealed with the help of great thinkers and artists: the flourishing of society can only happen with the happiness of the individual.
We will discuss what Vincent Van Gogh is illustrating in his painting, The Potato Eaters, reflecting the satisfaction of the most basic need mentioned by the great thinkers as necessary to begin the journey to happiness.
We will end with discussing how Norman Rockwell in his painting, Freedom from Want, a scene set around a similar dinner table, illustrates the state of happiness we all seek (and the resulting flourishing of society) as taught be the same great thinkers from the worlds of psychology, mythology, and philosophy.
And, we will offer many other works of fine art to portray the various segments of the road to happiness in between the two mentioned by Van Gogh and Rockwell, so that you will know that you are on the right track.
It is these great works of art, supporting the research and teachings of the great thinkers, both ancient and modern, that give comfort that the road to happiness is there for you to discover. And, just as important, this road also leads to the flourishing of society. You will find that there is no better approach for finding individual happiness, and an approach that also contributes to the flourishing of society!
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