The article started off by saying that no person chooses to be unhappy. If this is true, then we all must try to be happy. We all must search for some innate happiness to fulfill our lives and hearts. However, thats not the point the spitzer brings up. Spitzer is trying to make people realize that there are different levels to happiness, and that each one greatly differs from the last even if theyre all forms of happiness. It says theres material happiness, or happiness in a thing or possession that you own.
Another happiness it tells you about is feeling superior, or better than someone else. I think that is a wrong kind of happiness. Theres another type of happiness where you feel happy about doing charitable works, or seeing the good in other people. I dont think anyone can be truly content if they dont believe that people are good. The last category of happiness is the one where youre just completely content with yourself and your surroundings. This is true happiness.
It can be achieved by love or goodness. I think that of the four categories, this is the one that everyone is striving for. The second essay goes even much deeper than that, telling us that there is something that we strive for more than even happines. It says that there is a thign that can fulfill us more deeply than the feelings that happiness gives to us. Kreeft brings up a very good point when he talks about how sex is often times subsituted for sanctity or something else thats missing in a persons life. With my own experiences with it, I can definitely see how he has a point.
... pains overall. Many questions have been asked about the good life and happiness. People constantly answer those questions with their lives, and we ... with material success or not. From many a philosophical point of view, the good life has an intrinsically moral core that involves ...
Ive known partners who seem to use sex to fill a void in their life instead of trying to fix it. He tells perople to get off of their butts and actually go out and find their joy, not just sit down and mope, longing for some type of joy. He seems to really believe that sex can be a good thing, under the right circumstances, but should never be substitued for your heavenly grace. That, above everything else, seems to be his main focus in the article Coming from the viewpoint of a new age hippie, or so I am called by many, I found these articles on happiness quite interesting. I find that I , myself, do not focus on the materialistic pleasures or the simple pleasures that get in the way. These forms of happiness are just trivial things compared to the true happiness that you can achieve in life.
If you exclude these small things, and hold on to your faith and strive for true contentment in the good of others and love, then I believe its possible to attain a profound form of satisfaction throughout your entire life. As I mentioned earlier in the article, I have had a few experiences with the main topic of the third article, sex. As a hippie our morals about it are semi-loose. I did not agree with everything Kreeft said in his article. However, I did feel that he brought up very good points about sex. While I believe there Is nothing wrong with it before marriage, I do believe both partners should love each other.
Sex without love and true consent is a complete waste of time an energy. You simply do not get the same deep gratification when you sleep with someone for the carnal pleasure than you do when you sleep with someone because you love them..