Monday, January 9

Is happiness the meaning of life?

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” Aristotle

I Object! What about you?

Image: by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen 


Anthony said...

It depends on what perspective one answers this question from. To some extent, my answer would be situational/contextual; it is a mulch-faceted query with a diverse array of answers (all of which are equally correct). From an evolutionary/scientific standpoint, the meaning of life is to push our genes into the next generation. If I were viewing it from a career based perspective, I would perhaps say that the meaning in life is to rise to the top, create the best widgets possible, etc. From a theological perspective, to be the most ethical person possible or to do the things necessary to achieve eternal bliss.

I don't think, in the end, that there is any simple, linear answer to this question. Aristotle would agree (if he were alive), he used that phrase as the foundation for a complex, nuanced, and often ambiguous philosophical-political system.

Ana said...

I'm still thinking... :)
Meaning of life... Hmm... Only one answer?

Nicholas V. said...

Isn't the meaning of life 42? ;-)

Ana said...

Is there any special meaning to this number in America?