This passage matter because it an encounter with the main character Guy MOntag and a girl named Clarisse who informs Guy that life was once different from what they now are experiencing. Clarisse asks Guy multiple questions to provoke the idea in hi head that what people are doing now is not necessarily the right thing. This leads Guy to question why people now do the things they do and why people do not have knowledge regarding this information. The last question the Clarisse asks is, “Are you happy?” (Bradbury). This final question is the one which makes Guy go home and contemplate about what he is doing with his life.
I believe that pursuing happiness as a goal has detrimental effects. As a society, we tend to believe that we need to be full of joy at all times, but that isn't realistic - life happens. By attempting to be cheery all the time, you will never be genuinely content. You will always be searching for more and won't be satisfied with what you have, creating a permanent cycle of gloom rather than bliss. As people set their expectations higher, the less happiness they will attain.
The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." An interpretation of this quote could be that to have meaning in your life, you have to be loving toward your family and your community. Morrie is saying that if you are doing something that doesn’t appeal to you, you tend to not think about how you are chasing the wrong things. He believes that so many people dedicate their life to meaningless things like being too busy. Mitch was very busy with his writing career and being a sport reporter.
Though he felt happy after the championship, he suddenly felt a strong burden on his shoulders when he got back home, he felt helpless. Ben-Shahar shares his thoughts on happiness and his old theory, that to maintain happiness you always have to find a new goal you can fulfil. He informs, that he became obsessed with the question on how to be truly happy. He tells, that he used to observe people who seemed happy. His conclusion to the question on how to be truly happy is, that before you can find out what makes you happy, you need to know what happiness is.
It is true that many people today wear masks to fit into society. However, the suppression of one’s self can render the person miserable and I think that it is living a lie. In fact, I believe that Hawthorne was trying to say that one can never truly get rid of who they really are. To me, Chillingworth is an example of being unable to erase who one really is. In the beginning of the book, Hester describes him as being a happy scholar and Master Prynne later admits that all he wanted to feel was passion and love and describes himself saying: But all my life had been made up of earnest, studious, thoughtful, quiet years, bestowed faithfully for the increase of mine own knowledge, and faithfully, too, though this latter object was but casual to the other--faithfully for the
In the essay “Unhappily Ever After,” Augusten Burroughs focus on unhappiness to a great extent because he is an unhappy person and he, as many people, happiness is something that he would always look for. He says that saying “I just want to be happy” is a way to say that we are not happy and that we are looking for that happiness to fulfill us as human beings. He addresses that people want to be happy but they do not want to sacrifice anything or simply they do not look for a appropriate way to do it. Although, doing all of this things might not work for everyone, not even for him. He says that there are people like him that are not happy, instead what he can do is to be interested or fascinated to find a meaning to life.
His beliefs and mindset are vastly different such as his beliefs for self harm in order to better his mentality and thoughts that all of the people’s happiness is just an illusion. He is seen to be mentally stable at first with the ability to hold thoughtful conversations, but quickly declines at the end when he is unable to get society to leave him alone. Conflicts (internal and/or external) that motivate and shape the character He is constantly conflicted with the issue of whether he should let himself be consumed with Lenina and about what he should think of this society he is now a part of. With Lenina, his current self is conflicted with his upbringings where he was taught that he must earn a woman rather than just let them give themselves to him. For much of the story, his thoughts on society seem very scattered over the spectrum of it being good or what he grew up in being good.
You learn that you came in this world on your own and you 'll probably exit on your own as well. You learn that having them may be a blessing but when it 's time to let go, you learn that you should. With that, you learn that not everyone you meet are supposed to stay forever. You learn that some people are only meant to grace in your life and teach you a valuable lesson and then departs after. You learn the richness of losing attachments to people, that sometimes, losing your connection with them isn 't the most catastrophic thing in the world but it 's actually profitable to who you are.
People tend to concentrate on the negative aspects of life and relationships because society pressures us to always be working towards or on something. The author best summarized our societal standards by stating “the never-ending search for perfection” is the reason people have become dissatisfied with their love life (Marano Estroff, Hara, 2010). Another cultural phenomenon is the value of autonomy. We use our independence as a measurement of how fulfilling our life is based on the number of choices available. Lots of choices raise our expectations and perceptions of
During chapter two in the fundamentals of ethics book, the paradox of hedonism is explained. The paradox of hedonism is described as “those who try really hard to make themselves happier almost never succeed” (Shafer-Landau, 33). Many people believe that if they try extremely hard to be happy then sooner or later they will become happy, but is this really true? Hedonists believe “that even if many people don’t in fact strive for happiness, they should do so, and would do so if they knew what was good for them” (Shafer-Landau, 32). This quote is saying that happiness is an intrinsic good; but as we learned on pages 33 and 34 it is not.
Ramifications of chasing traditional rewards in, “How Not to Get into College”, “Somnambulist”, and “Iced- Cream” “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s dream”. Implying that The authors develop the message that people assume extrinsic rewards equal joy and satisfaction in their lives. However, their intentions ultimately lead to lives filled with regret, and disappointment in the process of achieving their goals. People assume that chasing extrinsic rewards will bring back the joy and comfort back into their lives, yet they are only left in depression. First of all, in Alfie Kohn’s essay, the students in fear of the future, view grades as a resolution to their problems.