Reflections of a Self-Taught Philosopher
Charles D. Hayes
affirms that active, continuous learning is what makes life
worthwhile. Thoughtful living can create meaning anywhere you
look. In this collection of provocative essays, author Charles
Hayes gives close examination to subjects that we often take for
granted. He explores the value of thinking for yourself, taking
responsibility as a citizen in a democracy, and overcoming bias to
pursue the better argument. Topics range from memories, movies,
gullibility, and self-help culture to honor, war, capitalism, and
from rethinking the pursuit of happiness to coming to terms with
our own mortality. Known for his astute wisdom, Hayes includes a
treasure of aphorisms as a bonus.
This groundbreaking book is the latest one by
visionary Charles D. Hayes, whose other volumes include "Beyond
the American Dream," "The Rapture of
Maturity," and "Self-University."
In "Existential Aspirations," he draws
on his expertise as a social critic, political analyst, and
existential philosopher while shedding revolutionary light on a
wide range of exciting topics, including the meaning of life,
the challenge of death, the follies of war, the paradoxical
nature of happiness, and the untapped potential of the
intellect. Hayes offers many penetrating insights into the
pathologies of consumer culture and the aberrations that have
wormed their way into democracy, capitalism, justice, and human
relationships at both the interpersonal and international level.
While Hayes examines the ongoing death of mind in the modern
age, as with his other books one finds oneself inspired by his
reverence for ideas, curiosity, creativity, and intellectual
discovery as they can bring passion to life and re-awaken our
humanity. This extraordinary book concludes with a highly
stimulating treasure trove of aphorisms by Hayes, each one
expressing universal truths that elevate one to a higher level
of consciousness. "Existential Aspirations"
leaves no doubt that Charles D. Hayes is one of the greatest
pure thinkers of our current era, and this book is a must-read
for all thinking people.