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philosophy paper - Sarah Groeger Phil 10100A Paper 1 July 5...

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Sarah Groeger Phil. 10100A Paper 1 July 5, 2009 Philosophy of Life My Philosophy on life is not formulated by anything incredibly deep or complicated, its simple and to the point, Happiness. I am a firm believer that at the core of everyone’s life is the substance of happiness. It is what I value most in life, what I seek to accomplish daily, I strive to share it with others, and it is the main influence that I utilize when I make all my decisions. With no happiness in a life, there is indeed no life at all One of the greatest philosophers of all time, Socrates said that we all are capable of living happy lives, but some of us “sleepwalk” through life instead. In regards to the great philosopher, I fully agree, we are all capable of living happy lives, but in contradiction to his belief of “sleepwalkers” who live “unhappy” lives, I firmly believe that in every person there is happiness at the core of their self. The exact definition of happiness can be debated as a state of mind, an emotion, or even a state of being to which can be socially and culturally classified as having some type of content, satisfaction, or even joy in one’s life. To firmly state, I believe that every person has happiness in their
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life, rather it is shown on a daily basis or is hindered by external or internal constraints, every person has happiness in their self. The argument can be made that people lack happiness in their lives such as the terminally ill or disabled. Other people who are classified as “evil” also are claimed to be unhappy, people such as: pessimists or terrorists, but to contradict Socrates belief that no one knowingly does evil I believe that people do commit evil, in their own personal attempt to satisfy their lives, or in their pursuit of happiness. Their evil, could be their happiness, but of course that happiness, might not be beneficial to the happiness of “people” overall. Perhaps their sense of happiness is not the happiness that society or cultures accept, but nonetheless it is happiness to these people. They act and do only what pleases them or satisfies them in their lives.
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