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In one way or another all people need & seek happiness. Throughout the ages philosophers have attempted to define happiness, to distinguish between wise & unwise ways of pursuing it & to determine what the conditions are that make it possible & enduring. Both empirically & creatively, BENEVOLENT LIVING examines every major aspect of the problem of happiness-the economics, politics, sociology, psychology, esthetics & ethics of the sense of well-being and joy in being alive. This work does not only talk of achieving a comprehensive philosophy of happiness & responsibility but actually develops one that can be represented as solid & of distinct value in the face of sophisticated criticism. The authors uniquely incorporate clever cartoons in their study of mirth, hedonism & morality. They address the most basic, relevant questions about the kind of life we should live in a world that seems bent upon self-destruction. Quoting Eric Hoffer's "We are warned not to waste our time, but we are brought up to waste our lives," they go on to respond to that challenge, establishing ethical principles & attitudes that can create the motivation for widespread benevolent behavior.