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Happiness is Chosen Wisely: 3300 Axioms of Self-Evident Truths by [Byer]
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There is an interesting combination of Ayn Rand philosophy and Buddhist beliefs. Examples include: "All attachment to desire or fear is suffering" (Buddhism) while "Marriage is a function of becoming slaves to our desire for pleasure and fear of pain" or "We should not allow society to govern our thinking because that's not free thinking" is pure Ayn Rand. Likewise, it focuses on the intellect as superior to feelings instead of a dialectical concept of both intellect and feelings. The exception to the problem of feelings is that of happiness, the one true feeling. This is shown in these axioms: "We are led by our emotions or we lead by our thinking" and "What we feel is not important, but what we think is."

No matter how one views this work, it's easy to see that the author writes with conviction about his beliefs, even if at times it seems as if the work contradicts itself. But these contradictions can be an excellent way to work through one's own convictions and possibly grow with such exploration. The US Review of Books, Carol Anderson, D.Min., ACSW, LMSW

Life isn't a race, and neither is reading this book. Readers who choose just a few axioms a day and take the time to reflect on them will find the many words of wisdom not only resonate but offer direction that embraces spirituality, psychology, and social considerations.

It's taken Byer half a life to identify and rid that life of what is meaningless. Readers on the road to true happiness now have a map offering clues of what those distractions may be and how to stay true to a journey that might take a few less years, thanks to this collection.

New age and inspirational readers will be the best audiences for Byer's works; particularly those who decide to take the time to absorb so much wisdom - the work of a lifetime - without haste, cognizant of the idea that a new way of thinking, viewing, and living life could be the reward for a careful pursuit of Happiness is Chosen Wisely. Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer

About the Author

After burning out of the engineering and business world at 37 years old, and 60-hour work weeks, Byer bought a sailboat and became a semi self-employed, full-time sail bum for twenty years. A struggling sculptor, he decided to follow his dreams of philosophy and writing for self-discovery that he had been reading and writing about after leaving his professional career. At the age of 64 years, for his own satisfaction, he wrote for 14 years about happiness, since he couldn't find any writers who seemed to know what it was. After his career ended he discovered society’s goals of success centered around possession and wealth, that society didn't know how to become happy or what happiness really is other than just trying to perpetuate its own social structural survival, which is driven by our necessities of a desire for pleasure and fear of pain, by passions and not by reason.

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  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692966560
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B077X8H4ZB
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