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    I think this should be here but I guess it could go anywhere else, but I truly thinks it deserves to be under philosophy.

    I would rather be happy than right, intelligent, talented, funny, stupid, sad or anything or nothing if you prefer.

    Just needed to say it.


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    boson; South Africa? We have another from South Africa on the forum...KALSTER, do you know him???

    Ignorance is bliss, is that what your thinking?


    Ignorance is bliss definition

    Not knowing something is often more comfortable than knowing it.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/brow...rance+is+bliss


    How would you know your happy, if you had never been unhappy. If you were something else positive, intelligent, talented and so on, this may make you happier than anything you had known. See the connection?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jackson33
    boson; South Africa? We have another from South Africa on the forum...KALSTER, do you know him???
    Jackson; I see you're from the United States. We have another from the US on this forum... do you know him?


    Kidding aside, I tend to agree with Jacksons point, and will try to add to it here. How does one define "happy" if they don't have the shadow which is "unhappy" by which to compare it? Also, what good is being happy if you are not intelligent enough to realize its worth and its depth and its breadth? My point is... You need to have these other skills for the happiness to be valuable... to have worth. Without them, the happiness is rather hollow and will likely be under appreciated.
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    I suppose the reason i value happiness to such a degree is because i am intelligent and have experienced great unhappiness.

    I like that rationalisation a lot: you can only understand or feel great happiness if you have felt immense sadness, beautiful thought.
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    I would rather be happy than right, intelligent, talented, funny, stupid, sad or anything or nothing if you prefer.
    None of these are mutually exclusive, except happy/sad.
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    I know thats how its meant to be.
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    Your thread's title confused me because that little (y) means something very big to me. Did you mean:

    h = h0y?

    Happiness as with any other emotion is shared and experienced in any same way it is that we individually attribute different responses to those emotions. Most women I know would rather experience both sadness and happiness than one or the other most of the time. As for blokes, well we like the smooth waters don't we?

    What is it that you enjoy most about happiness?
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
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    Arguably one can only appreciate happines if one has known unhappiness.
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    Also, arguably, Brave New World showed how happiness was possible (using "soma") without intelligence, talent, righteousness etc. Not many would choose it. Or for a more modern take, consider the drones attached to The Matrix - they could all be kept happy. No?

    Would you reallt rather have that than the emotionally leavend life, but at least aspirations towards intelligence, self-determination etc?
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