The author studied philosophy at Yale. The thoughts for this book date back to his college years. The rough draft dates back to 1967.
On goals in lifeby William McGaughey
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This book covers some of the same topics as Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics. What are proper ends in life? What produces happiness? Happiness, this author suggests, is fulfilled desire; and some desires are fulfilled by not existing. Beyond this, there is a discussion of desiring intelligently so that they are more likely to be fulfilled.
This book also takes a pessimistic view of achievements in the world and the idea that achievers must continue achieving. Life does not always work that way; and even if it did, there is death. It suggests, finally, that in conventional achievements such as making money people are really looking for affirmations of self and behind the satisfaction that comes from this is being in a state of rhythm.
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