Achieving happiness in our lives requires each of us to accept the call to Adventure and complete that Adventure over time.
In completing the Adventure we not only reach individual happiness but we help in the flourishing of society.
Our nation needs to ensure that as many individuals as possible accept and complete their Adventure so as to aid in the flourishing of society.
For each of us to accept and complete the Adventure four essential virtues are needed: 1) wisdom, 2) courage, 3) temperance, and 4) justice. Wisdom is needed to recognize the Adventure, 2) courage is needed to accept the Adventure, 3) temperance is required to avoid laziness and other temptations while completing the Adventure, and 4) justice is required to return from the Adventure and deliver the captured gift that was the reason for the quest. It is this gift that aids in the flourishing of one’s family, community, and nation.
So where does one find these virtues? It begins with the nurturing of one’s family. Aided by the freedom from crimes, famine, wars, disease, and other outside forces, the family can educate and prepare its children to be a functioning member of society. Once prepared for society, the individual can pursue “Flow activities” as he/she becomes a member of society. It is during these many Flow activities that the individual becomes integrated into society: develops friendships, completes one’s education, enters competitions, finds a respectable occupation, and begins to save for the future of his/her family and retirement.
The government, workplace, and other institutions must safeguard against any impediment to Flow. It is the desire for Flow and its rewards that is the reason that such activities are pursued. It is these activities that contribute to the development of the virtues needed for the Adventure.
So, our nation must be mindful of the importance of Flow in developing the virtues which are then relied upon in the Adventure to seize the gift that is to aid in the flourishing of society and lead to happiness in the individual. Our nation must do its best to protect the family and allow the mature individual to pursue the many Flow activities that will develop and strengthen the virtues needed by those few who will be called to the Adventure.
One final point, it is equally important that our nation be vigilant for the successful Adventurer who is seeking the return back to the everyday world with the gift intact. Without the “love of neighbor” recognizing the efforts of the Adventurer in seizing the gift, society will lose an opportunity to flourish. While not required to reach happiness in this world, religious practices contribute greatly to the development of the virtues and to a far greater degree than might be expected, and help in accepting the returning Adventurer with the captured gift.
It is our nation’s responsibility to 1) safeguard the family in its preparation of its children, 2) ensure that all prepared adults have the opportunity for unimpeded Flow activities that contribute to the development of the virtues needed to accept the call to Adventure (including freedom of religion), and 3) be vigilant in recognizing and welcoming the successful Adventurer back to the everyday world with the gift captured for the benefit of society.