In my previous post, I mentioned that the format of my book relies on four dimensions.
The first two dimensions are the ideas of four ancient philosophers, two “positive” psychologists, and one mythologist, Joseph Campbell. These great thinkers provide the structure to the book – what I call the “prose” portion of the Prose/Art Exposition.
Basically, these three segments of the triangle tell us that we are all motivated instinctively to achieve happiness in life or, at least, “self-actualization,” which I consider to be a fancy psychological word for happiness. We are all motivated to try and reach happiness; but, as these great thinkers mention, most of us don’t reach happiness in our lives for a number of different reasons.
The great thinkers also tell us that there is a progression that we all must follow. This progression, which differs among the thinkers, is basically: a need for food, shelter, and warmth, followed by safety and education, social interactions, exposure to many and varied risks, and if successful, finally a state of happiness. Along this progression each of us will need to acquire certain cardinal virtues to withstand the many risks in life and succeed in our own adventures towards happiness.
This triangle of seven great thinkers is all that is needed to set the stage for what each of us needs to do. However, each of us needs inspiration to trust the great thinkers and get going on our own personal rad to happiness.
Up next, the great artists.