The Choice of Happiness

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    to be who you are, regardless of what any one else thinks. To love who you love.
    To live your own life with richness.

    What are the ethics of happiness?
     
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    i would add...do no harm...
     
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    Isn't the purpose of life itself to be happy?

    "Since happiness is an activity of soul in accordance with perfect virtue, we must consider the nature of virtue …"

    Aristotle


    That appears to underscore your point, bones.
     
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    I don't know. But, happiness, or the pursuit of, as a natural right is subjective.
     
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    Happiness is a chemical state.

    There definitely appears to be a strong correlation between happiness and personal health however which is undeniable.

    Sometimes I'm happy...for no particular reason.

    Sometimes I not happy...also for no particular reason.

    Am I the ONLY person on this board like this?

    I rather doubt it.
     
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    Happiness is a choice. It is not just some moment of pleasure. It's an ethical strategy.
     
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    Yeah? You sure about that?

    Hypothetical situation:

    Your dog got off the leash and you called it and it ran with joy toward you until it was crushed under a truck.

    Now, tell me, Sky... what ethical decision are you going to make to make yourself happy while you're kneeling over the dog you love which just accidently got killed?
     
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    The ethical choice I will make when my dog has been run over is to be with the truth of the loss and grieve honestly. The choice is to be present, and to not run some story line over the accident--such as this never should have happened. The truth is it did happen.

    The choice is to hold the relative truth of the loss and the truth of life experiences being dream-like and illusory.

    Sometimes we dream that the dog was accidentally killed, and the experience is as compelling in the dream as it is in 'real life'. We may even wake up crying--it's so real.

    When you choose to hold the view--of the middle way--that the accident appears real and is compelling and you choose to respond to it as it is--and the view that all experience is illusory and dream-like--then you're less likely to react as though this never should have happened and make choices that lead to unhappiness--such as harming the driver of the car.

    On the other hand, if the driver is drunk, then reporting the accident and making sure the drunk has to take responsibility is a way to increase the happiness of self and others--including the drunk.

    There is a book called "How Great Beings Die" and we see how happiness is a choice. Some beings die happy--inspite of suffering. Happiness IMO is the absence of resistance to the truth of how things are. It is not the momentary bit of pleasure we label 'happiness'. Happiness is a choice. It is an ethical strategy in my opinion.
     
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    There are no ethics when your big dream is to be a butt pirate.
     
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    I haven't met you before. Is this your usual fixation of topics?
     

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