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Existential Aspirations: Reflections of a Self-Taught Philosopher Paperback – September 1, 2010
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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 ›