- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Autodidactic Press (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 096219798X
- ISBN-13: 978-0962197987
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,550,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Existential Aspirations: Reflections of a Self-Taught Philosopher Paperback – September 1, 2010
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More About the Author
Promoting the idea that education should be thought of not as something you get but as something you take, Hayes' work has been featured in The L.A. Progressive, USA Today, and the UTNE Reader, on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation and on Alaska Public Radio's Talk of Alaska.
Praised for his remarkable depth of knowledge across numerous disciplines, Hayes affirms through his work that active, continuous learning is what makes life worthwhile. His books encourage the kind of thinking that can transform human relations on a global scale, urging us to continuously examine our values, motivations, and common beliefs. He inspires us to acknowledge our mortality and live authentically as a result, taking deliberate action to leave the world a better place than we found it.
"The temporary nature of our lives may be a reason for unavoidable despair," says Hayes, "but such is the price of intelligence--it doesn't render our lives meaningless. To the contrary, the opportunity to live a life as a human being makes us the most fortunate creatures on the planet. We should be experts at being human and creating a world where humans can thrive."
Top Customer Reviews
Hayes takes the petty route with many lashings against things that are so trivial as to not be worthy of discussion. For example, he goes on about the use of "Anything is possible" as an example of an ignorant thing to say. Why? Because anything ISN'T possible. A car with a flat, he suggests, won't suddenly inflate and you'll be magically on your way. Because, in Hayes' world, this isn't just an innocent figure-of-speech, it's an example of ignorance and gullibility. How sad. But, Mr. Hayes is angry. Little things like that show this anger at many levels throughout the book.
He spends much time railing against "self-help" and throws it in together with new age spiritualism ('The Secret') and sees nothing but people grasping for straws to delay the inevitable: death. Here is the 'existential' problem. His use of the 'existential' term, shows he is far from understanding what the term even really means.Read more ›