To Schopenhauer, happiness cannot be understood if the elements of its ' absence are not understood. Many comprehend life to be a balancing act, that these elements equalize the fulfillment of want and desire with suffering and misfortune. The same individuals would then assume that life because it carries these harmonizing features, is positively good. Because many believe life is presented as "good", suffering bestows itself as an exception or aberration to the general rule of life whereas, Schopenhauer believes it to be the other way around. He believes that life is defined by pain, drudgery, calamity, desire and that the moments of pleasure and joy are the exception to life.
our mindset differs and individual differences have consequences on our perceptions of pleasure. There is no such thing as universal pleasure, what is pleasurable for me can be painful for you and vice versa, even in the narrow context of necessary pleasures. The same goes for the most valuable pleasures. One can argue that prudence will lead to the most valuable pleasure, but prudence is only a tool, a handy instrument that can help me to avoid the pain. My opinion is that Epicurus’ theory is based on the assumption that all people share the same or relatively similar personalities and that consequently react in a similar way to both internal and external stimuli.
In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, the concept of happiness is introduced as the ultimate good one can achieve in life as well as the ultimate goal of human existence. As Aristotle goes on to further define happiness, one can see that his concept is much different from the 21st-century view. Aristotelian happiness can be achieved through choosing to live the contemplative life, which would naturally encompass moralistic virtue. This differs significantly from the modern view of happiness, which is heavily reliant on material goods. To a person in the 21st-century, happiness is simply an emotional byproduct one experiences as a result of acquiring material goods.
This quote suggests that enlightenment is ultimately a much freer and content state, but many are afraid to leave what they are used to because it means failing a few times at first. This also explains why ignorance may feel like bliss because it is the simplest state to
His theories and those who share the same thoughts are not often talked about, as society would rather live on believing in equal opportunity for everyone to obtain some form of success. While there are some who remain outliers to this theory, to Gladwell it makes much more since to think about success as being based on the situations surrounding someone rather than based on their ideals as an individual. Everyone has different ideas of success and how to obtain it so it is nearly impossible for those who truly look deep into it—like Gladwell-- to think that success is a representation of a singular
With optimism, it can fill in for respect in most ways, like looking at the positive at something or supporting something or someone. Optimism is better than respect not being respect, but better and helps in different ways of mental and social outcomes. Optimism still depends on a person’s opinions but doesn’t prioritize them as much as respect would. So, it still acts like a fill in for respect. So, on the bright side not all is lost without respect with optimism it can be better, and can help more than respect, having a better outlook on things can be good or with negativity it can balance it all out without respect.
The good life can be defined as a way that someone plans to live virtuously by having a great education, enough money, and helping others. In other words, the good life means to me when life looks like a blessing than a burden. This essay aims to provide more than one answers about what makes people live a good life mean. Human beings, since their apparition is often misleading, what it is really mean a good life. We have been seen on the television or magazines that having a good life means being rich or famous when many of them, in reality, are miserable by a problem that wouldn’t affect ordinary people.
I am sensible, that, according to the past experience of mankind, friendship is the chief joy of human life, and moderation the only source of tranquillity and happiness." (Hume 11.108, pg. 97) He also says that he believes in the events of punishing and rewarding, but who could provide valid punishments and rewards without judging the individual, too harshly or too much in favor of that person. As mentioned before people usually act in order to benefit themselves, there could be a possibility that someone punishes someone due to a personal vendetta they hold on the person or they may reward them greatly when a reward like that is not required in the first place. Throughout history religious doctrines have shaped communities and provided rules to live in harmony with everyone; that includes condemning acts of murder, stealing and many more.
In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, he describes his feeling and thoughts on pleasure; he discusses that pleasure is good and that the feeling of eudaimonia is connected to pleasure. Eudaimonia, also know as the term for happiness in Greek, means “a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous” (dictionary.com). Aristotle describes happiness as the main purpose of all human lives and that it is absolutely the essential goal for all humans. I disagree with Aristotle’s statement that a life of pleasure cannot be the best life because just because a person finds pleasure in different ventures other than being virtuous doesn’t make them an animalistic person. Aristotle indicates that pleasure is the most necessary part of unimpeded activity, but pleasure on it own, can be unintended from an activity; in which pleasure itself would develop from activity without any type of drawbacks.
The major difference between ambition and purpose is the fact that ambitions are achieved while purpose is fulfilled. Ambition is ‘Me’ centered ‘I have been able to achieve this for me’ they are selfish, they satisfy your ego and pride. Ambitions are achieved because you want something and sometimes even if it means trampling over others just to satisfy your ego. Most times people are confused about ambition and purpose, they might be superficially similar, but fundamentally different. They both bring happiness, achieving your ambitions will bring you satisfaction.
If a person is not happy, that means he failed to choose the right path or decision. If a man is happy, it is because he has made the best choice and has done well as the ideal version of himself. Therefore, a good person is a happy person. Aristotle also believes that a person becomes happy because of the activities that he does that promote the well-being of nature, which has will and intellect. Thus, the happiness of a person depends