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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I Don't Believe In Doing What Makes You Happy

There is an empty saying I hear over and over again in my generation and that saying is, "Do what makes you happy". It sounds nice and fluffy, but it is empty and doesn't help anyone. I don't do what makes me happy, I do what I believe is right. People chase happiness but find themselves empty because they're looking at it all wrong. Life isn't about chasing happiness, it's about doing what's right. Do good for yourself and for others, only then you will find true happiness. This saying is dangerous because it causes people to have delusions about what they think will fulfill them. What makes a drunkard happy? Alcohol. But would we continue to allow a drunkard to drink when we know their life has gone down the crapper? We all know that the drunkard would be truly happy if he would do the right thing and fight to abolish his desire to drink because alcohol is ruining his life. We humans will find true happiness once we discipline our flesh to do what is right, and we all know this deep down. Humans naturally crave justice. We desire for there to be goodness in the world. We must fulfill that goodness by living exemplary lives of sacrificial love. We mustn't promote happiness, we must promote goodness. This saying promotes selfishness, and selfishness leads to bad things. A rapist loves to rape. Violent people love to hurt others. But of course we wouldn't tell them to keep doing what makes them happy, we would tell them to stop and do what is right. Happiness is spiritual but we treat it superficially. Our spirits crave goodness and once we subjugate the flesh to do good only then we can find happiness.

11 comments:

  1. I agree. It is like playing devil's advocate and I like that.

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  2. I agree. It is like playing devil's advocate and I like that.

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  3. Penny we are waiting the next blog post :P

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  4. in a way, you brought the discussion to the level that one is suppose to take it when talking about happiness -- you brought it to a deeper level -- that you would actually believe in doing what makes you happy (i.e. nursing) because as you say, happiness is spiritual. so true.

    just because others treat the word/act/spirit superficially, does not mean we stop using the phrase or the word or the idea. it is VERY important to do what truly makes you happy -- it boils down to feelings and asking oneself, "how do i want to feel?" -- it goes make to feeling joyful -- or however, whatever word you want to attach to it. see here http://www.daniellelaporte.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/core-desired.pdf

    on a sidenote, alcohol does not make an alcoholic 'happy'... it's an addiction, a disease, dis-ease. there's the illusion that it makes people happy -- and that's what it is, an illusion :(

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  5. correction: *it goes down/boils down to feeling joyful*

    (sorry for the typo haha)

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  6. this is one of the best articles i have found so far on happiness,short and siple but very profound.

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  7. Balance, there has to be balance with happiness and doing what is right. Sometimes doing what is right might not necessarily bring about happiness. I agree happiness has become a superficial subject that people chase unknowingly, and doing what is right brings satisfaction to those who believe that their actions will bring them satisfaction. However the conquistadores came over and thought they were doing the "right thing" thinking that converting the Mayan and Aztec religions over to Christianity would bring about happiness in the world. Though their use of religion was an excuse to try and wipe out these two cultures driven by greed for land, natural resources, and riches. I think if there had been a balance (they could have gotten what they wanted without murdering a whole culture and people) then they could have found happiness in knowing that a partnership with these people would have been more beneficial than killing them all. Maybe their searchings would have been rewarded with happiness as they gave another culture a chance to show them the land and barter for the natural resources, etc. But alas this would only happen in a utopian society. An ideal and perfect world where human error in achieving happiness wouldn't come down to such actions. I believe the key is balance. As you mentioned happiness has come to a point where it makes people selfish now instead of viewing happiness as an spiritual experience. Happiness has been taken for granted, and what's wrong is that people "go in search" of happiness instead of viewing it as an achievement. Happiness is an achievement not an object to search for. And balancing this achievement with (not necessarily what is right) but with solid morals and good ethics one can achieve true satisfaction and content.

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  8. I dont in it, either... yet, sometimes, when my whorizontal whoremoans git the best of me, I fall as do we all - seeing as we're a fallen batch of humans. Exactly why we must go to Confession: God aint angry, He's actually pleased you got the BAWLS to go. Every Sat at 3pm, Most Pure Heart, ToePeeka, KS, on Stone and 17th.

    God bless your indelible soul, lil one

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  9. I dont in it, either... yet, sometimes, when my whorizontal whoremoans git the best of me, I fall as do we all - seeing as we're a fallen batch of humans. Exactly why we must go to Confession: God aint angry, He's actually pleased you got the BAWLS to go. Every Sat at 3pm, Most Pure Heart, ToePeeka, KS, on Stone and 17th.

    God bless your indelible soul, lil one

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