If you are still thinking about buying my book, I thought it might be helpful to explain the structure of the book using three images.
I think that my book can best be described as one operating in four dimensions. The first two dimensions, forming a geometric plane, are the ideas presented by the ancient philosophers and modern thinkers. The ancient philosophers provide the base of the triangle. Two modern “positive” psychologists provide one side of the triangle and the works of Joseph Campbell regarding the myths of the world provide the other side of the triangle.
However, the above is only two dimensions and doesn’t do the subject of happiness any justice. If you add the viewpoints of the masters of the fine arts, you get a much more three dimensional perspective. Now, the attainment of happiness becomes much clearer.
However, there is one thing missing – the means of climbing to the top of the pyramid and the achievement of happiness. For finding the means to reach the top, a fourth dimension is needed – a set of stairs. The means for climbing the stairs is the entrepreneur within each of us. The traits of the entrepreneur propel each of us upward along the stairs to the very top of the pyramid; the very top is where happiness resides!
A large number of my posts have focused on what the artists and great thinkers have to say about happiness. I am very confident that the road to happiness can be found in the “prose” of just a few ancient philosophers and a few modern thinkers (vantage point 1), and the “art” of great artists of the past 500 years (vantage point 2). These masters have not only presented a reliable roadmap to follow but they also depict what happiness looks like when we reach it. This is all great news!
But, we all live in a modern world not the world of ancient philosophy, myths, and art. We must travel the road of today’s world using whatever is the best vehicle for getting us to happiness and fulfillment.
The good news is that a lot of work, using today’s latest research techniques, have shined a light on a new vehicle for the travel along the road of today’s world. In fact, this new vehicle is exactly what we each need move forward in life.
The conclusions of the research, which are needed to provide the confidence to use the vehicle, are just emerging and I am confident that you will find the vehicle ideal for traveling along the road presented by the “prose” of the great ancient and modern thinkers, and the “art” of the great masters for the world of the fine arts.
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.