What Do YOU Think Makes A Normal, Happy, Contented, Moral Life

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    My own perspective is living my life, personally and professionally to the limits that God gave me. With that said, I infrequently inject religion into my conversations in real life. I'm not evangelical, I believe my best recommendation to Christ is by example and explaining my faith, when asked.

    I've raised three children within those guidelines, we went to church together on Sundays and holydays. They were brought up with the teachings of our Church. We prayed a meals and bedtimes, with examples set of giving thanks, praise, and requests for help as the occassions arose.

    They were taught and I practice giving help when help is needed, through acts of kindness, money, and service. My children all do the same. I would say I give much more outside of my particular church, through community opportunities than within it. That is a reaction to the particular acts of my church, not bad, just not what I wish to participate in any great degree.

    Well, that's it for a start, any other ideas?
     
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    I have just a few rules that would help lead people to be contented but in a nutshell:

    With few exceptions, as long as there is no force or fraud, people should be free to do as they please under mutually informed consent. Be true to yourself. Live and let live.

    In general, (1.) if each individual would be true to take care of himself – not concerning himself what other people may think, and (2) if people would mind their own business – stop pushing themselves into other people lives and trying to live their lives for them – that is the key to living a normal, happy, contented moral life.

    Unfortunately, people don’t want normal happy contented moral lives. Many people worry about what other people may think. Also, many people who often can’t take adequate ethical control of their own lives seem bent on telling other people how to live.
     
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    Some people are so immoral and/or stupid someone NEEDS to be telling them how to live.
     
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    There are facilities and services for those who are too stupid to take care of themselves. There are prisons for those who are a danger to others. No one needs to be told how to live if the person doing the living is not hurting anyone. There is no need for you to take care of others who don’t want or need your care. Therefore do yourself a favor and leave other people alone.
     
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    I notice in your self-righteous indignation you are more than willing to tell me how to live simply because I am not of the same opinion you are. Your opinion completely ignores the nature of man and the reality of the world in which man lives.
     
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    1) Be content with what God has been given you. Don't be some wussy boy who's always complaining about who has more stuff than you. When God hands you lemons, use them to kill terrorists, because lemonade is gay. If you can only be happy by being better than everybody else, you'll never be happy.

    2) Follow God's rules. There's not really a whole lot of them. They're all pretty simple. I know I'm always happier when I'm following them.

    3) Help other people in any way reasonably possible. The only thing better than picking somebody up out of the mud is watching them pick somebody else out of the mud.

    There's more, but I'm going to go be lazy.
     
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    Yeah. You are free to speak your mind and give your opinion. I am free to choose to pay attention or to not pay attention. I am free to speak my mind and give my opinion. You are free to choose to pay attention or to not pay attention. The title of this thread is “What Do YOU Think Makes A Normal, Happy, Contented, Moral Life”. My answer to this question remains:

    In general, (1.) if each individual would be true to take care of himself – not concerning himself what other people may think, and (2) if people would mind their own business – stop pushing themselves into other people lives and trying to live their lives for them – that is the key to living a normal, happy, contented moral life.
     
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    Treat others the way you would want to be treated, be kind and courteous to those around you regardless of whether they are or not to you, and try to live life to the utmost without trying to set impossible goals for yourself.
     
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    the path to happiness is simple, but not largely traveled.

    Its virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping the commandments of God. That is the path to happiness. that is why God gives us commandments and speaks from the heavens, to teach His children how to be happy.
     
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    Then why do so many people buy self help books on how to be happy?

    Its simple, they really dont know how. They do need to be told how to live to be happy. They are screaming out for it. And unfortunately people are feeding them bull about focusing on oneself. The way to be happiness is to lose yourself in service of others.

    On a side note: why do you think caring enough about others so as to be willing to help them become happy is so offensive to you? How can anyone truly be happy and not want that for others and be willing to do anything to help them become so?
     

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