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Happiness Or Striving For Happiness

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Happiness is different for many people. Although “happy” is one of the first adjectives people learn, the requirements for people to consider themselves happy are numerous. It would be remiss to invoke parameters upon happiness because of this. Unfortunately the modern era has brought about a happiness-seeking culture; a society that seeks to be strictly happy without any of the lows. This creates a multitude of problems including a culture focused on an economic system that measures happiness and a disregard for the lows which create meaning in happiness. Happiness also creates and amplifies the desire to be complacent in the intellectual pursuits. For many people the goal of happiness equates to a reason to ignore all problems and challenges…show more content…
Happiness and its pursuit leads to the best parts of life. The problem then lies within the systematic goalification of happiness. As technology progresses, people have begun to track all sorts of things about themselves: calories, steps in a day, likes in a photo, and now how happiness levels. Logic implies that because people want to be happy, creating a way for people to be guided towards more happiness is a good thing. Logic implies that when people are happy, they work better and are more productive. Logic implies that having happy people is just another step closer to the utopian society that people wish to attain. The problem with this logic is that it requires setting happiness as a goal. When a thing is set as a goal, there are always those that cannot attain it or the level which they desire, meaning that the pursuit of happiness can become more dangerous than merely the idea of…show more content…
That would be correct, intelligence does not cause unhappiness, nor does ignorance cause happiness, yet it is difficult to refute a correlation. Throughout history, the greatest and most renowned thinkers have been those such as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Locke, and Confucius. These figures are classed together as philosophers. Naturally some of the greatest intellects throughout history have gravitated towards philosophy, the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. In a “realm of contentment” filled with those that seek solely happiness, “No philosophical endeavor can truly flourish,” and because of this the idea of philosophy itself would disappear in a happiness oriented world(Lyons). The loss of philosophy would be very destructive to humanities and to the collective thinking of the