This principle promotes a life of more pleasure than pain by choosing actions that produce more happiness. These are conscious actions made that follow a life of utility and act in accordance with the “Greatest Happiness Principle.” Though Mill’s critics would argue that Utilitarianism is not a reasonable foundation for morality by not fulfilling a life of happiness, creating selfish or expedient people, and reducing human experience to animals, I would have to disagree. This principle promotes happiness and pleasure for all, along with aiding individuals to be less selfish, and an even slate for people of all characters. I find the “Greatest Happiness Principle” to be a relevant and altruistic foundation of morality. There is an emphasis on lives containing more pleasure than pain under the rule that one person cannot put their own happiness above others.
Utilitarianism’s advocacy of happiness by any means is what concerns me about the theory. I believe that happiness is a great thing, but a thing that can only really come from inside an individual. In contrast, Deontology emphasizes a duty to respect other’s autonomy. I take this to mean that people are their own advocates—Deontology promotes fairness, justice, and equal opportunity at happiness rather than guaranteeing happiness itself. It isn’t society’s duty to ensure everyone’s happiness, but rather to ensure that all people are given the opportunity to be happy.
I think that there are alternative actions that people can take to naturally increase their happiness, and the happiness of our society overall. One major problem with decreasing suffering is that you cannot appreciate the good without the bad (Power, “The End of Suffering”). It is very important to go through struggles in order to fully appreciate good times, and be truly happy when things are going well. Good times would not truly feel amazing if they occurred all of the time. It has also been suggested that a
I believe that in order to be happy we must satisfy our desires as much as possible. If our desires are irrational then why do we have them? He says that since god gave us reason we must use it, but we desires too! Why shouldn't we use our desires to overpower our reason? I just don't see why we shouldn't do what makes us immediately satisfied in life because it is too short.
All in all, life is a complex concept and having a good life depends on each one perception of it but all this perceptions gathers in happiness. Nevertheless, being happy doesn’t mean that our life is perfect, it only means that we have decided to look beyond the imperfections. Happiness is directly related to the law of attraction, it is something we can easily reach, and we only need one thing which is: conviction. As Leo Tolstoy would say:” If you want to be happy, be!”. Works Cited • Gertner, Jon.
So basically we seek certain pleasures in times of discomfort or pain to remove that, so when we attain the pleasure that will remove our pain and discomfort, that is when we have achieved a happy life. By saying it is the goal, he means that ... ... middle of paper ... ...that it is the goal or aim of life, as I feel he does not cover things that may be more important than just pleasure and virtues. I agree in terms of the fact that he thinks not every pleasure may be desirable, I believe that there are many good things in the world but all of them may not cater to our needs or provide us with satisfaction. I also agree in some places that yes we need to be good people to live a pleasant life, and in the end being a bad person with no virtues or values will result in punishment or some sort of bad consequences. Other than that his views are strong and do make sense but I would not agree with his entire philosophy and certainly not his definition of the good life.
Greed and desire for things that are beyond one's means pushes one toward the road to destruction. The author wants people to see beyond the materialistic things that make them happy. He wants people to care for each other and love endlessly. Lawrence's idea is to tell people to be content with what they have and to live happily. Happiness comes within oneself and that is far more important than money or the status.
To give life is a gift we are blessed with and it is a sin to take advantage of that gift. We have a purpose as humans and that purpose is to reproduce. Sexual bliss is not the goal for our lives, a world were everyone is out to achieve sexual bliss would be a world of chaos. Everyone only looking to benefit themselves is not a quality of human nature. Letting lust drive your life will push you away from a Godly life and into a life of unfulfillment.
When one is only interested in satiating their appetite for food or sex, the pleasure acquired is minuscule when compared to the acquisition of mental and spiritual growth. Thus, attaining mental and spiritual growth will bring o... ... middle of paper ... ...attainment of happiness is oftentimes difficult, so we are morally justified in searching to essentially reduce the amount of unhappiness and pain experienced by the human beings impacted by some of our actions. According to Mill, the absence of pleasure is only acceptable when it is for the greater good of humanity. I agree with Mill’s hedonistic view of happiness. Mill believes that pleasure is a fundamental value because it promotes happiness, and diminishes the feelings of pain and unhappiness.
I believe that this riddle is natural and cannot be changed despite he best efforts of people. Tillich attributes this mystery of have's and have-nots to many factors. First is that if you were granted with inherited talents then you should use them in life to the best of your ability. But if you let them go to waste, then these talents will ultimately be taken away. It is unfair when things are taken away that we might have taken for granted due to lack of attention, such as, "...[the] intense joy and the presence of the mystery of life through the freshness of the young day or the glory of the dying day..." These things are only taken away because we do not pay enough attention to the simple beauty in life and in nature.