Essay on The Moral Boundaries Of Happiness

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For thousands of years, man has been contemplating how to obtain true happiness. The
Dalai Lama once said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” ( Dalai Lama). A key word in this quote is “own”. This word implies that happiness is something that comes from within and cannot be forced on an individual by others. Another key component of happiness is being given the agency to choose one’s course through free will. No power should have the right to take away a person’s right to pursue happiness. That being said, there are moral boundaries only in which true happiness can be found. These boundaries include selfless love, service, and fidelity. Another important aspect of happiness is being able to overcome adversity to experience the joy of triumph. If one truly doesn’t experience pain or sorrow, can it be said that he or she can really experience joy? The answer is a resounding no, for to experience true joy, one must understand what true sorrow is. If the afore­mentioned traits compose the true meaning of happiness, then the definition of happiness in Aldous
Huxley’s novel Brave New World could not be further from the truth. In this novel, society defines happiness as not having a say in how one’s life is going to turn out because the government claims to know what is best, and in having temporary relationships that bring instant pleasure, but that don’t involve love, sacrifice, or service. The government also tries to teach that sorrow should…

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