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.
In a previous post, I mentioned that we are all trying to get to the blue horizon. This blue horizon is described nicely by the philosophers.
The modern psychologists, especially the positive psychologists, give us a roadmap, sort of. Their road is very visible at the lower levels of human development but as we climb towards the horizon to the higher levels, where happiness resides, the psychologists’ models become less convincing and the road soon vanishes around the turn. Nonetheless, the psychologists are helpful in the beginning of the journey.
More to come.