Journey-Adventurism

Journey-Adventurism is the seven segment progression for attaining twofold happiness: happiness in this life and, for believers in God, happiness in the next life. A detailed description of this theoretical model is found in the book located on the right sidebar.

The Journey is the road taken by those with nourishing parents living under a protective and just government (Segment 1), who become involved with others at places of employment, schools, organizations, clubs, etc. (Segment 2), willing to take exposure risks (financial, reputational, etc.) to enhance their self-esteem (Segment 3). With the Journey complete, the “good life” is reached with satisfaction of the internal need for Flow (psychologist M. Csikszentmihalyi) and fulfillment of the first four of five needs of the Hierarchy of Needs (psychologist A. Maslow).

The Adventure (similar to the Monomyth of mythologist J. Campbell) begins with those leading the “good life” willing to accept the call to a quest to find one’s purpose in life, aided by the first of four cardinal virtues – Prudence (Segment 4). The Adventure continues with the capture of the gift (reason for the quest) aided by the second and third cardinal virtues – Courage and Temperance (Segment 5). Once the gift is seized, the virtue of Justice encourages the return home and presentation of the gift to society (Segment 6). Urged on by admiration and love of others, the adventurer is welcomed back to the everyday world (Segment 7): happiness in this life awarded to the adventurer (satisfaction of final need of the Hierarchy of Needs) and the seized gift delivered for the flourishing of others.

For Christians (other religions discussed in book), Jesus mentions two commandments of God: 1) love God and 2) love your neighbor.

The second commandment is satisfied by the adventurer delivering the captured gift intended for the flourishing of others, as mentioned above.

Satisfying the first commandment requires the grace of three theological virtues. Faith, an assent to believing God and believing in God, is the first theological virtue. Hope, the second theological virtue, is both the desire for happiness and the guide providing comfort and nourishment to sustain the search for God’s love. Charity, the final theological virtue, is the culmination of the love for God and love of God. Charity brings eternal happiness to the traveler.

Both commandments above are intertwined, but with one commandment surpassing the other.  To love God, one must obey the second commandment – to love and help others. This second commandment is satisfied at the end of the Adventure with the gift presented for the flourishing of others.  Thus, the first commandment (love God) is satisfied upon completion of the Adventure (love of neighbor).  As such, the first commandment is a surpassing perfection of the second commandment.

Thus the Journey-Adventurism progression for achieving Twofold Happiness: Personal progress from Journey to Adventure leading to happiness in this life; graces of Faith and Hope, coupled with gift presented to others at Adventure’s end, leading to Charity and eternal happiness.