Essay on The Good Life As Happiness

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I pointed out in a couple of my forum posts that most people in our world today see the good life as happiness, which allows them to be controlled by perceived social pressures into having “standard wants”, which in turn leads to unhappiness since they don’t have the resources to meet all of their wants. I proposed another possible view of what the good life is in another one of my forum posts. And that is by making it so obvious of how hard it is to argue for a view of the good life, since the standards we would normally use to judge something such as this are tied up with our conception of the good life. Its hard to understand but it makes sense if read it slowly.
Instead of pursuing further what the good life IS, because I feel like we have been doing that all semester. I want to show how we could possibly pick one view of what makes up or is equal to the good life. This means that we need some kind of “requirements” that a view of the good life must meet in order to be a good life. By that I mean what would be chosen, or perhaps should be chosen, as a view of what the good life is. In one of my forum posts I proposed that, whatever the good life is, it should be able to be chosen and that it shouldn’t be self-defeating.
First the good life should be independent of ethics. I’m not saying that one shouldn’t be ethical, but simply that our conception of the good life shouldn’t be a life lived ethically (kind of twisting the words around). Bringing history into this, Greek…

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