Purpose Of Life Essays
The flaw of this philosophy, however, is that neither happiness nor pleasure can be put into reality directly.
The pursuit of happiness has to enter occurrence, and raw occurrence can’t be saved or savored.
The morbid person knows he was born to die, but even the short time until the end he doesn’t know how to fill.
Memory floats you back to days that will never be repeated, letting you know you didn’t appreciate them when they occurred.
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Our acceptable philosophy is eudaemonistic hedonism. It says: we act, and choose, and react, by an insatiable hunger for pleasure, and this is to be adjusted, very reasonably, by an educated taste for happiness. Sunny and sociable, it considers the well-being of family and friends, while ordinary pleasure is immediate and private.
If you say, “I live for happiness,” no one will challenge you, since everyone is assured of the crumbs from your meal.
Love gives meaning to our lives - as do friendship, or art or faith in God.
Even where life appears to be lived for happiness, it is lived by and through experience.
We see our lives as a collection of experiences: “the day I met those people at that party”; “the night I lost my virginity”; “the feeling I had as a tourist in Paris”; or “when I stood at the lake in the woods.” These snow globes and beach rocks can be held onto, compared, and appraised for quality.
So we learn to ask ourselves when the encounter or shock of sensation took place.
You monitor the inward influence of occurrences as you undergo them, ruminating an interior object, something that can be brought up, later, to release a musty whiff of pleasure; or chewed again, to test if it’s “the real thing,” life; or digested some more to see if it will yield some elusive nutriment of happiness.