In my two previous posts I mentioned that the roadmap to happiness is made up of both “prose” and “art.” The “prose” is the ideas of modern thinkers and a few ancient philosophers. The “art” is the works of the masters from the world of the fine arts.
So, the works of the thinkers, which I call “Prose” are those of 4 ancient philosophers and just three modern thinkers. And the works of “Art” represent 78 masters of the Fine Arts of the past 500 years. In all, we have 85 contributors for a great reading experience called the “Prose/Art” Exposition.
What is really cool about all of this is that the thinkers reinforce one another and the artists also reinforce one another. In fact, the thinkers and the artists reinforce one another, which is very comforting. If the thinkers disagreed as to the best roadmap to happiness, or the artists disagreed among themselves as to the best roadmap, or the thinkers and the artists disagreed, we would be in trouble. But, they all say the same thing, just in different words, images, dance, or music.
We are getting there.
Roadmap to Happiness, Part I
In my three previous posts I discussed how the philosophers, classicists, and psychologists present their own means of achieving happiness.
Unfortunately, each one by itself does not really get us to where we need to be. Each takes us along the road for a while but then abruptly stops and we are abandoned by the side of the road.
However, if you add the three together, you get something very special – a roadmap that you can rely on to get you to where you need to go.
The modern psychologists give us the road to follow for the first half of the journey. The classicists continue the road, around the corner, for the second half of the journey, and the ancient philosophers give us the distance blue horizon that we all are looking for. If you add the three together, you get a remarkable roadmap to the horizon – happiness.
But that is not all. There is much more to come.
My book, to be published shortly, is all about the road to happiness, which we are all looking for.
The book gives each of us three vantage points for reaching happiness: 1) intellectual ideas, theories, and research from great thinkers, laying out the roadmap for all of us to use, 2) works from the masters of the fine arts that validate the roadmap of the thinkers and inspire all of us forward in life, and 3) the vehicle within each of us that is needed to travel the road with the map in hand and inspiration by our side.
The classicists, especially those studying the myths, do a good job of explaining how to find happiness based on the adventures of past heroes. But they are vague as to what needs to be done to prepare for the adventure. They are very good at locating the road around the corner leading to the blue horizon, but are vague as to how to get to the corner to begin the adventure.
The classicists discuss the myths in great detail and with great insight. But they are very vague as to what is needed to prepare for the adventure. My book has the answer.
More to come.