fact that you are not sick does not mean you are well. You may have no
diseases, no measurable risks detectible by modern medicine and be quite
capable of doing what has to be done-and not be healthy in any remote
sense of REAL wellness. Let's review a few basics that have consequences
for your chances to die healthy.
Health is the foundation of a good and successful life in that it frees the mind from the physical distractions, limitations and lamentations to which the flesh of the body is all too heir.
Like Robert Green Ingersoll, I believe everyone should be helped to get what happiness she can out of life, that all happiness that breaks through the clouds of misfortune should be enjoyed and that no one should fail to pick up every jewel of joy that can be found in her path. This requires that we all get what good we can of the truly dramatic, of music, art and enjoyment. Everyone should be encouraged to enjoy liberty of mind as well as body, which entails finding out the conditions of happiness and having the wisdom to live in accordance with those conditions.
Robert Green Ingersoll suggested that no one should fail to pick up every jewel of joy that can be found in his path. Some people seem able to locate such jewels along the most unlikely and foreboding of paths; all of us might learn from their examples.
I try to remain alert for jewels of joy myself, knowing that such treasures take many forms.
A master jewel of joy finder, in my opinion, was Dr. Viktor E. Frankl.
I agree with Andrew Bartelt, who said that the book, “The Schopenhauer Cure" by Irwin D. Yalom, has “all the topics that matter - philosophy, therapy, love, sexual addiction, meditation and relationships. It's awesome. I read it in one sitting."
Bartelt overlooked two of my own favorite themes addressed in fascinating ways by Yalom, namely, meaning and purpose in life and toxic religion. It would not surprise me if you find other themes we both overlooked reading “The Cure.”
Introduction: The Lure of Biographies
Most of us enjoy biographies, especially if the subject connects with our interests. The biographies of famous (and infamous) people are fascinating because they describe events and circumstances that inform of conditions past to which we relate still. Any biography, even about someone uncelebrated who lived long ago, can
enlighten us of a distant time and place and, if we imagine ourselves in his or her position, about ourselves, as well.
When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become
manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless and
intelligence cannot be applied. Herophilus, Ancient Greek