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Post by Guest on August 6th 2013, 3:11 am

The terms hedonism and eudaimonism(A system of ethics that evaluates actions in terms of their capacity to produce happiness).brings to mind the great philosophical debate, which has shaped Western civilization for over 2,000 years, about the nature of the good life.
Does happiness lie in feeling good, as hedonists think, or in doing and being good, as Aristotle and his intellectual descendants, the virtue ethicists, think?
From the evidence of this study(A functional genomic perspective on human well-being), it seems that feeling good is not enough. People need meaning to thrive. In the words of Carl Jung, “The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.” Jung’s wisdom certainly seems to apply to our bodies, if not also to our hearts and our minds.

Are intent and meaning so associated that one can't really have one without the other?

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Post by laura ann on August 6th 2013, 8:21 am

I am personally in agreement.

The pleasures one seeks eventually  hold  no pleasure if they do not also hold meaning.

Without meaning  they become a Why. why am I doing this.. what is it   I am truly seeking.

like sex just for pleasure and release...

eventually gets  boring and sends one  in search of another  pleasure giver. because it soon becomes empty  non fullfilling  sex, yet most don't know the cause of this internal unrest. they just know they are no longer happy with the relationship.

But sex with Love.. gives it meaning ..expands the pleasure.. catipults it so to speak..then it worth  holding onto.

makes the mundane into the precious

Best analogy  I could create without using too many brain cells..lol

Personally I believe you can have intent... and never find the meaning.

is quality better then quantity in all things.....

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Post by Guest on August 6th 2013, 12:29 pm

I really like that,Laura.
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Post by laura ann on August 6th 2013, 1:08 pm

I just hope it made sense to anyone but me Confussing 

I can  indeed get lost and confused  inside my own  brain at times.lol

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