The temptation to put “self” first…

We face a danger that is creeping in like a tide, rising with each passing moment, making the spot we are standing on in danger of becoming an island. It is a tide of temptation to put “self” first, to rate personal happiness before all else, to claim our “rights” as our basic platform and “search for fulfillment” as our purpose in life. It is hard not to become infected with some sort of breathing trouble, when surrounded by terribly polluted air. Continue reading

The other meaning of happiness…

Modern thought and people generally in our time have totally ignored the other meaning of happiness as the moral quality of a whole life well lived.

Mortimer Adler, from Ten Philosophical Mistakes, p. xviii

According to the ancients, happiness is…

According to the ancients, happiness is a life well lived, a life of virtue and character, a life that manifests wisdom, kindness, and goodness.

J. P. Moreland, from The Lost Virtue of Happiness, p. 25

If pleasurable satisfaction is our goal…

If pleasurable satisfaction is our goal, then day by day, from morning to night, we will be looking inside ourselves, constantly taking our own happiness temperature. Our activities (job, recreation, church involvement) and other people (friends, spouse, children, and even God) will be mere things, mere objects that simply exist as means to our own happiness…. Continue reading