Max Erhmann was born September 26, 1872 in Indiana, The United States and died September 9, 1945. He "was of German descent, received a degree in English from DePauw University, followed by a degree in Philosophy from Harvard University. He then returned to his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana to practice law. Eventually this led him to work in his family's meatpacking business and in the overalls manufacturing industry. Finally at the age of 41, Ehrmann decided to forget such work and become a writer." source: www.goodreads.com
He was 55 when he wrote the Desiderata. It captures his philosophy of ultimately a way to peace on earth and peace within your soul. He simply states to be kind, always. The Desiderata is the opening poem of one of Ehrmann's books of poetry. It gained popularity only after his death.
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