Taking someone else's word for what makes us happy and how to attain it - or how much our happiness should even matter - has caused great damage and misery to humans, humanity, and our environment. It is high time to change that.
True progress toward happiness can only be made if we realize what makes us happy and then realize what makes us happy. And because we are different from each other and our circumstances vary, happiness may have different meanings and means for each of us at different times. For these reasons, the intent of my work is to support individuals in exploring, developing, and implementing their own ideas of happiness.
Of course, we have much in common in our quest to preserve and improve our existence and the existence of what we hold dear. And when we look closely, happiness reveals itself as the supreme organizational principle not only of individual humans and humanity, but of nature in general. Like all universal principles, once they are understood, this one is elegantly simple and offers clear guidance on wellbeing in harmony with it.
But to be effective this guidance must be related to our particular circumstances. My work assists readers in this vital undertaking without presuming what makes them happy. Each of us needs to find that out for ourselves because only we can know what makes us happy. All I can do - and all anyone legitimately should do - is offer help in the process of self-realization. In this respect, my work presents a radically new, distinctive, and deep opportunity. I take readers through journeys of inquiry through common themes of human existence. I do this so they might confirm, or gain additional knowledge about, the particular state and conditions of their happiness and derive actionable insights for its implementation. Because my discussions are aimed at this purpose, they do not claim ultimate truth. Rather, they are geared toward evoking readers' independent consideration and judgment. The titles and tables of contents of my books and the following word cloud give a general idea of these themes:
You are welcomed and encouraged to examine extensive excerpts of my Philosophy of Happiness book, including its Introduction and first five Chapters, as well as an array of companion materials on this website. Even if you should end up not agreeing with their propositions, considering them may send you on your way of enhancing your own philosophy about matters of happiness.
I hope you find my work stimulating and helpful. I spent much time and energy on establishing a new, comprehensive philosophy of happiness because I care about each of the persons who might individually benefit from it and want to do my part helping humanity diminish and master its challenges. My work is independently generated and published by me, and it is self-financed at great personal sacrifice. Its success depends in large part on referrals by individuals like you. So if you like my work or merely think it deserves further consideration, I would appreciate your telling others about it. Sharing buttons are located at the top of each page.
Please proceed to the DIRECTORY section for a brief site orientation. You can also dive right into its central subject matter with the P OF H BOOK section, or take a more leisurely approach to philosophical reflection by reading some of my essays in the PHILOSOPHIC REFLECTIONS section or shorter quotes and poems in the KNOWING SERIES section.
You may also want to check out the Philosophy of Happiness Youtube Channel on which I read and discuss my books.
Thank you and best wishes,
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