Saturday, September 28, 2019
A History of Happiness
The concept of happiness is one that causes controversies, some says it doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t exist and others revere it. In this particular case one can read the facts of this phenomenon on the article A History of Happiness. In this article is recounted how the view of happiness has changed with time. Furthermore, it is compared one against the other. It is mentioned how linguistics shows the happiness as the human kind seeks being well and how this relates to our concept of it. Ã¢â¬Å"Every Indo-European language without exception going way back to ancient Greek, the word for happiness is associated with the word luckÃ¢â¬ .It is quite credible this assumption as the author gives examples. This leads one to appreciate the way the ancient viewed happiness. For them it was given not obtained, it Ã¢â¬Å"was what happened to usÃ¢â¬ . Also it was believed blindly that it was utterly out of human hands. Therefore, the Classical philosophy main aim was concentrated on happiness and some of t he most known ancient philosophers focused on it. Although, their view was that happiness could be earned. Moreover, it was thought that it was Ã¢â¬Å"an outcome of moral comportmentÃ¢â¬ rather than an emotional state. So only a few would be able to achieve it.As an antithesis of the ancient view, the modern type of happiness was transformed as right. Thomas Jefferson declares it to be a Ã¢â¬Å"self-evident truthÃ¢â¬ while George Mason speaks of the chase and obtain of happiness as a Ã¢â¬Å"natural endowmentÃ¢â¬ . In this manner, gives a democratic view of the concept. Which lead to an open abhorrent of any kind of oligarchy towards what it should be had by mankind. Then we have John Locke, an English philosopher, who said that human Ã¢â¬Å"shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t assume that suffering is our natural lotÃ¢â¬ . Also, that one should maximize oneÃ¢â¬â¢s pleasure on Earth. Hence we acquire the belief of feeling good above being good.ThereÃ¢â¬â¢s a darker side to everything and h appiness is not the exception. This new perspective make people believe that it can be acquired and Ã¢â¬Å"consumedÃ¢â¬ rather a well lived life. In this way it makes one think that it should be had all the time without any kind of effort. However scienceÃ¢â¬â¢s discoveries tell otherwise, they believe that some of the ancient views should be kept. This serves as a counter to the obsession the right of happiness has brought. People think if theyÃ¢â¬â¢re not in happiness they are abnormal and it leads them to search for it in a non- materialistic happiness.Therefore itÃ¢â¬â¢s no wonder churchÃ¢â¬â¢s are replete. The newly acquired knowledge serves me to further explain my standpoint about the phenomenon. People become slaves of an ideal which it utterly nuts and in the end human donÃ¢â¬â¢t evolve from emotional frame of mind and therefore doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t invite to critical thinking. I found this excerpt quite interesting, by that I mean it left me unsatisfied. It served i ts purpose, to leave unsatisfied and thirsty the reader. I admire his courage for actually speaking of the unspeakable, as it dares one to actually entails our beliefs and actually approach the whys of it.