The Pursuit of the
PERSONAL Renaissance Experience
Finding Opportunities for Happiness in the Ever-Present Now
Revised Edition 2019
It began with a personal epiphany that occurred in a most unlikely circumstance. That epiphany sent me on a personal journey that changed the way I live my life.
If you follow me on this excursion through time and mental space, you will be exposed to discussions of DNA and a few billion years of evolution, the minds of crows, a Viennese school of psychotherapy, orgasms, chocolate cake, heroin, money, politics, and religion. You will find out what certain Hollywood movies, the evil gods of golf, some of our sports heroes, a very old episode of Star Trek, and “Kondo-ing” can teach us about achieving happiness in our lives.
Along the way, you may realize, as I did, that too much of your life is spent living through moments of your very precious allotted time on earth that leave you feeling emotionally and spiritually empty. If that is the case, and if your experience turns out to be like mine, by the end of this journey you will have acquired some tools that will help you live a happier life; one that is achieved through your own pursuits of the “Personal Renaissance Experience.”
“I believe that for most of our lives, personal happiness is derived from a sense that a given unit of time has been spent affecting a personal change that results in moving that individual closer toward a desired goal.”
“When we improve ourselves as an operator of any process, we essentially become an artist who, working with elements of his or her own thoughts and actions, changes oneself in a very specific way, from a state of relative chaos to one of relative order. And we, as the controllers of these processes, experience the same sense of fulfillment that the artist experiences when he converts a block of stone into a stunning representation of a person.”
“I think that the lesson here is that what really brings human beings together is the recognition of their mutual similarities rather than either a celebration or acceptance of their differences.”
“Money needs to have a life after acquisition. It cannot just be a trophy. Trophies themselves do not engender happiness. They are just the consequence of the actions that went into acquiring them. The sense of fulfillment experienced by the person now in possession of the trophy actually came from becoming the person who eventually earned it.”
“In any case, I believe that, given the nature of our earthly existence, even if we did not believe in a Transcendent Consciousness, at some point in our lives, we would surely benefit from conjuring one up.”