My Birthday Wish For You

  1. It makes sense of all human history and psychology.
  2. It explains why the world is as it is today
  3. It points the way toward a better tomorrow.
  1. We are biological creatures seeking to move away from pain toward pleasure. That every human behavior can be charted using this pattern. When it looks like someone has chosen pain, look more closely into why they see no better options.
  2. We are emotional creatures seeking to move away from fear toward love.
  3. We are spiritual creatures, and that everything we have ever done, anything ANYONE has ever done, has been an attempt to connect with the divine, or with that sense of peace felt in the womb, or however else you choose to represent a sense of total connection and love.
  4. We are doing the best we can with the resources we have.
  5. That over time, the behaviors we call “good” are more productive of joy and peace than the behaviors we call “bad.”
  6. That the Dalai Lama’s statement that the “meaning of life is to seek joy” is as close to a workable , useful definition in words as I believe can be made.

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Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.

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Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.

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