On Happiness part 1 of 3On Happiness: Against the Body [see author's notes]On Happiness part 1 of 33 years ago in Philosophical
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Happiness is the most accessible yet most obscure conceptseemingly simple to comprehend but difficult to obtain and maintain.
Happiness does indeed entail a certain feeling, but does happiness come about by chance, regularly? Or is it rather that "happiness is an activity"?
One has only to look at those caught up in the world: when they are removed from whatever pleasure they usually enjoy they become impatient, reluctant (to leave it), angry, and bitter. Certainly, one with foresight and planning can maintain a pleasure of this sort for a long time.
Yet this one will lose this source of pleasure due to time, pride, or a rising need to increase the intensity of his addiction (for believing this or that thing in this world leads to happiness is to say "a finite and mortal thing completes me, a mortal). Indeed, experience deals all of us harsh blows, but even then we do not heed her rebukes.... we try once more to drink fro