happiness

as far as the name goes, we may almost say that the great majority of mankind are agreed about this; for both the multitude and persons of refinement speak of it as ‘happiness’, and conceive ‘the good life’ or ‘doing well’ to be the same thing as ‘being happy.’ but what constitutes happiness is a matter of dispute; and the popular account of it is not the same as that given by the philosophers.

– aristotle (384-322 bce), nicomachean ethics; eth. 1095a

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~ by safrang on August 5, 2009.

2 Responses to “happiness”

  1. To me happiness is when everything around me is in the state of equiblirium. every thing in the left equals with evety thing in the right: the balance that never gonna happen.

  2. what saki said ends up to an absolute phenomenon. to me, on the other hand, happiness is an always-relative thing. i guess i can always be happier than before. since it stems on a mix of ‘relative’ achievements such as success, fame, power, …

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