Thread: What is Happiness?
03-11-2004, 11:35 PM #1
What is Happiness?
I told you I'm taking this lounge back, and I AM.
I originally posted this question to another AR member, and got an excellent response, and I'll let him do the honors to post it himself. I want to hear some dissenting opinions, though.
Is it the Proustrian pleasure of rememberance or the intrinsic ability to anticipate that bears the greatest relief?
Translation: Is it better that the happiest moment of your life has already passed, and you can always remember it...
Is it better that your happiest moment hasn't come yet, so you can always look forward to it?
I hate you.
03-12-2004, 12:22 AM #2
it's finding your skate key.
03-12-2004, 12:25 AM #3
its urinating when your really drunk and when you really have to go
03-12-2004, 12:26 AM #4LM1332 Guest
happiness is money
03-12-2004, 12:33 AM #5
happiness is money power and respect...but we all know money makes the world go round
03-12-2004, 12:34 AM #6AR-Hall of Famer / Retired
Originally Posted by rambo
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03-12-2004, 12:35 AM #7
ok i changed my mind. its an emotional state of well being
03-12-2004, 12:43 AM #8Originally Posted by CYCLEON
I think I might know someone who can top that. I'm calling him out. He knows who he is.
03-12-2004, 01:00 AM #9
Happiness is resting my nuts on your forehead.
03-12-2004, 01:02 AM #10Originally Posted by Carlos_E
03-12-2004, 01:20 AM #11Originally Posted by rambo
03-12-2004, 03:17 AM #12
Here is yet another reason why I'm better than all of you.
rambo > Carlos + chrisadams
03-12-2004, 07:09 AM #13Originally Posted by rambo
03-12-2004, 07:38 AM #14
Happiness is having true a friend/s. A friend who would take up your cause for the simple reason itís a cause you choose. A man or woman who hasnít a single true friend, imho, will lead a wanting existence.
Happiness is giving all of yourself to others with no thought of reciprocation.
Happiness is derived in the momentÖ.not tomorrow or yesterday but this very moment.
Iím HAPPY I have this moment to say something to a person I consider a friend. And Iím HAPPY I have a friend interested in what I have top sayÖÖ.even if they donít agree with it.
Iím happy no one is like me and Iím happy Iím like no one else.
03-12-2004, 08:33 AM #15Originally Posted by rambo
03-12-2004, 09:44 AM #16Originally Posted by Carlos_E
VIVACIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..........lol......Carl os,..........you hitting up Black this weekend?
03-12-2004, 10:32 AM #17
Happiness is realizing money, people, materialistic things do not need to exist to be at peace. Sure they are nice to have around but, they have nothing to do with happiness.
03-12-2004, 11:50 AM #18Originally Posted by CYCLEON
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03-12-2004, 12:28 PM #19Originally Posted by Money Boss Hustla
You know that Proust isn't a beer company right? Maybe you wanted a 6 pack of Pabst?
03-12-2004, 01:14 PM #20
Happiness is not Proustian . . . its Faustian.
03-12-2004, 01:27 PM #21
Happiness is getting through the day without staining my new underwear
03-12-2004, 01:30 PM #22Originally Posted by mass junkie
03-12-2004, 01:34 PM #23Originally Posted by Juggernaut2148
03-12-2004, 01:37 PM #24Originally Posted by Danielle
03-12-2004, 01:39 PM #25
i subscribe to Aquinas' view of happiness as the ultimate end for all our actions.
we would not act unless we perceived some happiness to be derived from an action. human action v. a human act...a human act would be breathing or blinking while human action is a product of satisfying our rational appetite and to a lesser extent, our desires.
people do different things that contradict their morals or judgements all the time.
bundy derived happiness from murder, while mother teresa derived happiness from helping others in need.
both were happy when they performed, so it has to be individualistic and the product of some action.
03-12-2004, 02:18 PM #26Originally Posted by Carlos_E
03-12-2004, 02:48 PM #27
I think its not what you got... but who. If someone offered a couple million $$ or a few good trusted friends. I'd have to go with the friends HANDS DOWN!
Lifes short... do what ever makes YOU happy.
03-12-2004, 02:48 PM #28Originally Posted by Danielle
03-12-2004, 03:07 PM #29Originally Posted by Carlos_E
OMG........lol.....i know.........everyone @ Factory sweated her.....(or him).....whichever........... ......but then again everyone sweated JP, Richard Grant and all the bouncers too........
03-12-2004, 09:12 PM #30Originally Posted by Danielle
03-12-2004, 09:16 PM #31Originally Posted by LM1332
03-12-2004, 09:51 PM #32
I spent a good twenty minutes replying to this thread and it timed out on me....grrrr. I'll repost when i feel motivated. Ie, after i finish watching braveheart.
03-12-2004, 10:18 PM #33
Happiness . . .
Back before the Salvation Army kicked me out, I had a conversation with one of the local town drunks by the railroad tracks . . . he told me about how he had a big job, a fancy house, a wife and kids, and how he lost it all when his house burnt to the ground with his wife and kids in it. I listened to his story, watched in awe as he emptied half a bottle of something down his throat without bothering to swallow. He turned and looked at me and said, "And after years of thinking about the meaning of life, I've figured out that to be happy, all you need to do is keep your stomach full and your bowels empty." I watched him empty the rest of the bottle down his throat, he got up, shook hands, and waddled back to his cardboard box he called home.
Yah, that's the kind of thing you don't forget . . .
03-12-2004, 10:32 PM #34Originally Posted by rambo
...........didnt mean to jack it
03-12-2004, 11:26 PM #35
happiness is waking up naked....
and looking over at the hottie next to you and realizing she's naked too.
03-13-2004, 12:15 AM #36Originally Posted by rambo
03-13-2004, 12:24 AM #37
I guess i'll post how i really look at it now, seeing as how no one picked up on my reference to the song "happiness is".
Happiness is all about how you look at it. If you consider something that makes you happy to be happiness, you are mistaken. An example can never be a definition. Sophistic logic would dictate that there are no definitions, that is, no Truths. However, Socratic logic states that there is a single definition that encompasses all examples without being anything other than the definition. For example, socrates defined color as "that which always follows or preceeds shape in perception" which i feel is a fair definition. However, I am sure that no matter what the definition, someone can always find a fault with it, which negates its purpose. The true knowledge of definition is divine, and i'd rather not dwell on it. I know what makes me happy.. even if i don't know exactly what happiness is.
Just for the fun of it i'll try to take a stab at defining happiness...
Happiness is both hunger and fullness.
03-13-2004, 12:40 AM #38Originally Posted by CYCLEON
03-13-2004, 12:44 AM #39
Happieness is knowing what you want and how to get it. Nothing more IMO.
03-13-2004, 05:31 AM #40
I think it has more than a little to do with being in harmony with the world around you. Once you find a happy place where your surroundings no longer conflict with the person that you are, ya, that's happiness . . .
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