In my previous post I discussed the “prose” or ideas of the three segments of the triangle – ancient philosophers, modern “positive” psychologists, and a mythologist. This triangle is a very good starting point for finding happiness, and the basic skeleton of my book. But it is only two dimensional. Happiness is so important that a third dimension is needed.
The masters of the fine arts supply such a third dimension. They turn the triangle into a pyramid. They provide depth to the human experience. They are self-actualized artists that convert human experiences into artworks that each of us can learn from. These same artists provide the much needed verification of the road to happiness that the thinkers on the triangle instruct us is the road to fulfillment. it is this verification that gives us the comfort to move forward in life.
For example, this masterpiece by Renoir represents the pinnacle of the enjoyment of being with others. This work of art demonstrates what the thinkers believe is needed along the road to happiness – a sense of belongingness and a place among friends and in society. Renoir has captured this in a beautiful depiction of the enjoyment of simply being with others. With the achievement of such belongingness in society, each of these individuals is prepared for the next stages of life that move them closer to happiness.
The pyramid of ideas or “prose” coupled with the “art” now gives us a very rich three dimensional representation of the road to happiness. But there is one dimension missing – the vehicle for traveling through the three dimensions. This vehicle will be discussed in the next post.