By Pam Montgomery, Feb 13 2016 08:11PM
Aristotle says that happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existance. Well, I have to say I disagree. I know, I know...how dare I disagree? It's Aristotle after all! But I believe that the pursuit of happiness, above all other pursuits, leads to distruction - think the Roman empire.
So, when I speak of happiness, I'm not speaking of hedonism or "the devotion to pleasure as a way of life", because I don't believe that hedonism leads to happiness. Instead, when I describe happiness, I speak more of contentment, joy and peace - a longlasting sense of hope and meaning.
Additionally, I disagree with the popular notion that "happiness is a choice." Oh gosh, I fear I sound like a totally disagreeable person! If you read on, though, I think you'll find that I'm not. You, like many others, may hold the opinion that happiness is a choice, and that's fine, but if happiness were a simple choice why isn't our society filled with people who are happy instead of stressed, lonely, angry, pessimistic, bitter and resentful? Yikes, that's a pretty grim view of our society..but it is, truly, what I'm seeing.