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Perhaps the avoidance of unhappiness is more important than the achievement of a state called "happiness" whose definition has never been agreed upon. Certainly wealth and education allow one to avoid unhappiness - starvation, boredom, sickness, death, bad movies - more surely than they bring happiness. For instance, I've always thought how bored people must be who can't read. Reading does not always, of course, bring happiness. But it is an endless fount of stimulation.

Posted by Robert Speirs on November 30, 2005 06:57 PM

The "labouring part" were to be content, he explained, because they did not suffer the privations of the rich.

Pascal would have had a field day, satirizing such Paley-o-zoic tosh. But then, Pascal's satire in the Provinicial Letters formed the tools which Voltaire used with great effect to bring down much of what Pascal loved. And as for Voltaire's satire, one only has to read the SAU blog ...

The last part of the article brings to my mind a song sung by the Red Army Choir:

Ay ty rozh ...
Schastye povstrechayetsya
Mimo nye poidyosh

Oh you rye .....
Happiness will encounter you,
You will not get past

I will now see that song in a different light.

Posted by Robert H. Olley on November 30, 2005 08:19 PM

I don't think that money really makes us happy, but there are some wonerful things that you can do with money!!!

Posted by WebtrafficJunkie on November 30, 2005 09:21 PM

'Most would prefer to be a dissatisfied human than a satisfied swine.' Were Dr Coleman living in London, he might leave the department and go out into the street, step gingerly around the puddles of sick that dot the pavements, peer into the crowd jamming almost any pub and then reconsider his remark. Perhaps such behaviour is uncommon in Australia.

Posted by s masty on December 1, 2005 10:02 AM

Great Article, Thank you.

I do not agree that people who try to control their lives are unhappy and people who just go with the flow are happy. I think if people set smaller goals in life then they will get happiness time and time again. Without setting any goals one becomes bored and even though the going with the flow type claim to be happy they really are not.

I also believe that health is essential which opens all possibilities but one has to keep an open mind and allow one self to be presented with opportunities to be happy.

Happiness comes from within so health is essential and a positive state of mind.

Posted by Azam Ali on February 4, 2009 11:48 AM
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