Happiness Paper.docx - Seneca defines happiness by caring for your soul and only self first before reaching out to others we must look about for the

Happiness Paper.docx - Seneca defines happiness by caring...

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Seneca defines happiness by caring for your soul and only self first before reaching out to others – “we must look about for the road by which we can reach it most quickly, and on the journey itself, if only we are on the right path, we shall discover how much of the distance we over come each day.” It makes a lot of senses to me that on the journey of finding happiness, Seneca shows that we have to follow what we want to achieve in life. Often, it falls into the trap that perceiving someone’s success makes us wanting to do the same thing and expect that if we just do what that person does, we will have the same results. However, Seneca stresses that the biggest mistake of defining happiness is imitation – never imitate what others do because the result of imitation is “people are piled high, one above another, as they rush to destruction.” As this reflection on me, I was in the right situation Seneca had mentioned, when I was a teenager, my parents always set up plans for my future because they only believed in success comes with high level education. I was forced to go to school only just to please what my parents wanted, I was manipulated by looking up to people that had degree in Doctorate, and I put the pressure on myself that I needed to do exactly what these people did in order to be successful in life. I did not want to let my parents down, but soon enough I realized I was not into being a doctor, I wanted to be an art designer. I was not happy at all to pursue what my parents planned for me; I only cared for what others and forgot about myself. It applied directly on what Seneca stated that to pursue happiness, you have to care for yourself and try not to imitate others. Another aspect that I find very interesting and inspiring from Seneca is that in order to be happy, we have to live a fearless life, we have the rights to voice our sound with virtue ethics (moral acts only towards happiness). Seneca says that “The happy life, therefore, is a life is in harmony with its own nature, and it can be attainted it in only way. We must have a sound mind and one that is in constant possession of its sanity; second, it must be courageous and energetic, 1
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and too, capable of the noblest fortitude, ready for emergency, careful of the body and of all that concerns it, but without anxiety; lastly, it must be attentive to all the advantages that adorn life, but with over much love for none – the user, but not the slave, of the gifts of Fortune.” Practicing moral ethics is a very challenging because actions are louder than words; human can harm others just to get what they want in life. With that being said, if we decide to choose pursue happiness by doing whatever it takes, then it is not considered to be Seneca’s way. A man can choose to acts good or evil due to his way of thinking how should he do it – “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable, wise from experience, calm in action, showing the while much courtesy and consideration in relations with others.” I can totally relate to this because I could have just sold
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