While Max Ehrmann seemingly studiously avoided taking "Desiderata" down any philosophical political paths (in my view thereby interestingly and exponentially increasing its audience), I will tepidly venture to say that Mr. Ehrmann was what I would call a political and attitudinal moderate; at any rate, an extremist he was not. When one begins to seriously analyze "Desiderata," one discovers many phrases rife with centrism, such as "as far as possible, without surrender...," "the world is full of trickery, but let this not blind you to what virtue there is...," and "with all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world...." This centrism led to the book's cover. I photographed a path in a park that looked like the middle of life's road to me, and then I asked California artist Glen David Miller to turn that photograph into something more reminiscent of art. I think Max Ehrmann would like it.
Who should read this book...
Well, everyone, of course! Seriously, while there is virtually no one, I think, who would not benefit from reading Desiderata The Book, my sincere hope is that this book becomes a birthday or Christmas or graduation present for every young person in America and the English-speaking world (foreign-language translations would be fabulous, of course). If this kind of exposure to these ideas helped a single young person around a single one of life's potholes, I would be very pleased. As Max Ehrmann once wrote: "Perhaps even when I am dead, some browser in libraries will come upon me, and, seeing that I was not altogether unworthy, will resurrect me from the dust of things forgotten."