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Aristotle stresses the idea that happiness is not something static, but is an activity. People tend to think of

happiness as something we arrive at a certain fixed goal that awaits us if we behave in certain ways. When we think this way we tend to think that happiness is an object we can arrive at or possess, and our advertising-laden culture encourages just this sort of mentality.

Think about your own life. Was there something you wanted very badly when you were a child? Perhaps you believed you could not be happy without a new toy or a puppy, and you received this sought-after gift. How long were you happy as a consequence of having that intense desire satisfied? Does this episode in your life lend support to Aristotle's understanding of happiness? If so, how? If not, why not?

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Happiness can be interpreted in many ways dependiing on how/what someone views happiness as. Aristotle has good ideas, and... View the full answer

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