Thursday, October 13, 2005

Lies of life - Happiness

There are a lot of words dealing with the state everybody wants to be in:

  • luck
  • fortune
  • happiness
  • bliss
  • auspiciousness
  • felicity
  • serendipity
What does wikipedia tell us about it?

Happiness, pleasure or joy is the emotional state of being happy. The definition of happiness is one of the greatest philosophical quandaries. Proposed definitions include freedom from want and distress, consciousness of the good order of things, assurance of one's place in the universe or society, inner peace, and so forth. More generally, though, it can be defined as the state which humans and other animals are behaviorally driven towards, to counter external forces which would otherwise lead to unhappiness (and presumably eventual death).

Associated emotions include joy, exultation, delight, bliss, and love. Antonyms include suffering, sadness, grief, and pain. The term pleasure (like its opposite pain) is often used to specifically indicate localized, physical sensations, while happiness is sometimes used to refer specifically to a long-term, inner feeling.

Interesting definition. Who wouldn't think about happiness from time to time?

I think being happy is a moment, of course a strong and intensive one. But it is not a feeling that can last long-term.
I don't know if pleasure can be separated from happiness according to definition. Those feelings are related intensly.

The pursuit of happiness is one of the basic facts of the American constitution. In my opinion at the moment the pursuit of fear would be more adequate for the American people.

Every man is the architect of his own fortune. I don't think that this is true. Happiness can happen to anybody without prior notice. It can grab you from behind, it can attack you from ahead. It's there when you didn't think about it. If you keep searching for it, it probably won't be there.

Let yourself surprise! Or choose between being a sheep or a wolf.


Blogger Cindy-Lou said...

Very interesting, Konrad. I'm a sheep at the moment, but I'm leaning towards becoming a wolf.

11:24 PM  
Blogger stevenW said...

happiness is attainable. Joy is part of living a purposeful life for God.
Hope you find Jesus to be your Savior and live for Him.


5:37 PM  

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