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Happiness isn’t the end goal (contra Aristotle):

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Once you’re happy, then what?

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I am very happy. Actually extremely happy. The happiest I think it is possible for a human being to be happy. My ‘happiness’ physiology is maxed out. It feels good and great. But my question:

What am I going to do with this happiness?

Practical ideas:

  1. Help empower others to achieve maximum happiness (level 99 happiness).
  2. When I get others to maximize their happiness, they can ‘pay it forward’ and make others happy as well.
  3. Channel my happy powers to continue pursuing philosophical insight and artistic insight, and sharing these findings on this blog.

Happiness as physiological thriving and strength

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My definition of happiness is:

Physiological hyper-health and strength.

I don’t really think of happiness as a mental phenomenon. I see happiness as a physical/physiological phenomenon.

When you are physiologically strong and hyper-healthy, your brain and mind will feel happy (as a consequence).

But there is only an upper-limit to physiological health. Once you ‘max out’ your physiological health, then what?

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Pursuit of knowledge and wisdom

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One route is to become a philosopher and devote your entire life to pursue and pave new roads of knowledge and wisdom, and to share this with others (on your own blog). It seems that many great philosophers have pursued this path: Heraclitus, Aristotle, Nietzsche, etc.

Pursuit of making great art-works

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Another route in life:

Strive with all of your might to make “magnum opuses” (great works) that will resist the cruel jaws of time.

Happiness AS A MEANS to greater works.

My inspiration: Dinamismo di un ciclista  (Umberto Boccioni, 1913)
My inspiration: Dinamismo di un ciclista (Umberto Boccioni, 1913)

I believe that happiness is a bridge and a necessary component in order for us to become epic human beings. But happiness for the sake of happiness isn’t the goal.

The goal is to achieve a certain maximum level of physiological happiness and strength in order to have the power to attempt great works. Great works manifested in writing, dance, theater, art, photography, video, film, music, whatever you consider your art-work.

Maximize your physiological strength, and make great art!

ERIC


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