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34122Ynhhd34 The Right to Happiness etceterara/aso

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THE
SECOND BIG
PROJECT ON THE
HUMAN AGENDA WILL PROBABLY BE TO FIND THE KEY TO HAPPINESS.
THROUGHOUT HISTORY NUMEROUS THINKERS, PROPHETS AND ORDINARY PEOPLE
DEFINED HAPPINESS RATHER THAN LIFE ITSELF AS THE SUPREME GOOD. IN ANCIENT GREECE
THE PHILOSOPHER EPICURUS EXPLAINED THAT WORSHIPPING GODS IS A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME,
THAT THERE IS NO EXISTENCE AFTER DEATH, AND THAT HAPPINESS IS THE SOLE PURPOSE OF LIFE?!
Most people in ancient times rejected this kind of Epicureanism, but today it has become the default view!?
Scepticism about the afterlife drives humankind to seek not only immortality, but also earthly happiness?!
For who would like to live for ever in eternal misery?
For Epicurus the pursuit of happiness was a personal QUEST!
Modern thinkers, in contrast, tend to see it as a collective project!
Without government planning, economic resources and scientific research,
individuals will not really get far in their quest to happiness.
If your country is torn apart by war, if the economy is in crisis
and if health care is non-existent, you are likely to be quite miserable...
At the end of the 18th century the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham declared that the supreme good
is 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number', and concluded that the sole worthy aim of the state,
the market and the scientific community is to increase global happiness. Politicians should make peace,
business people should foster prosperity and scholars should study nature,
NÒT the greater glory of some king,
one country or a God - but
so that you and
I could enjoy
a happier
life!