Monday, December 27, 2021

Worth repeating.............................

 Kant, Schopenhauer and Freud are all pessimists who claim that a complete and enduring happiness is impossible because of the infinite character of human desire:  to this, the sages of both East and West reply that this happiness is possible on condition that we no longer strive to adjust the world to our desires.  Wisdom teaches us to desire and love what is.  It teaches us to say "yes" to life.  A deep and permanent happiness becomes possible once we have transformed the way we look at the world.  We then discover that happiness and unhappiness don't depend on external causes, but on our "state of mind."

-Frederic Lenoir,  Happiness:  A Philosopher's Guide

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