The Wisdom Of Absurdity

The Wisdom Of Absurdity

by Richard Brien


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Richard Brien understands how powerful origin stories can be. In The Wisdom of Absurdity, Brien examines the stories we tell ourselves and what they reveal about the human race. His philosophical exploration of both individual and cultural identity shows the capacity we all carry: the desire to understand.

Brien uses Zen and Taoist texts to look at the links between the limitations of language and perception. He shows how different cultures have built up myths and ideologies and how those ideologies have translated into modern-day institutions and cultural organizations.

Brien is passionate about questioning the world and finding answers through multiple experiences and perspectives. Brien shows what Zen masters believed to be true about existence and perception. Are we limiting our perception through our beliefs and even our language? Is there a way to transcend our existence, or is it our existence that is transcendental?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692880449
Publisher: Venture Locations
Publication date: 04/16/2017
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Richard Brien became interested in philosophy and Eastern myths when he was young. At the age of twelve, he was already deciphering ancient Zen treatises. He dropped out of business school to pursue artistry and later reenrolled to study philosophy and formal logic. Brien received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Louisiana State University.

Brien is also a performer and producer across many medias, including film. For more information about his work and theories, he invites you to visit his website,, and follow him on Instagram @richardbrien.

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