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The Concepts of Happiness, Sufferings and Miseries

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Lord Buddha was born as a prince and was living a very affluent life. All princely comforts were wallowing on his feet and he had had all those things which can fulfill the definition of happiness. But still, he left the princely status and all the mundane pleasures and set for the jungle in search of real happiness and the causes of miseries. Hence it is clear that pleasure is not at all happy. Happiness is very different. According to Sumner, “ Indeed, no simple theory about the nature of enjoys much support among philosophers; there is not even agree that such a theory is possible.

About the only thing everyone agrees on is that happiness is a complex and multi-faceted notion, one nor easily reduced to a formula or slogan. ” (page 139, Chapter 6 “ Welfare and Happiness” by L. While describing the concept of happiness, John Kekes says, “ According to common sense, then, a happy man is satisfied with his life. He would like it to continue the same way. If asked he would say that things are going for him.

His most important desires are being satisfied. He is doing and having most of what he wants. He frequently experiences joy, contentment, and pleasure. 358, “ Happiness” John Keke). But again the question arises that is it possible for any person to fulfill all his desire and thus be happy? It never happens because human desires have no limits and so they are unending. Even if he is frequently experiencing joy and pleasure they are temporary. So the dwelling of happiness is not there in his mind. While the concept of happiness many philosophers promulgate different arguments. “ A life in which all human excellence are given full expression is called “ eudaimon” by Aristotle.

Eudemonia or happiness is the highest and most complete good, the highest quality a human life can acquire. ” (Page 184, “ Concepts and Measurement of Quality of Life in Health Care” , by Lennart Nordenfelt, published in 1994, Springer Publisher. ) The Eudaimon is a psychological archetype of the virtuous person. To become virtuous means to cultivate the best kind of character permeated in a person.    

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