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Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

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Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

?

Basic satisfaction & sensory pleasure

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

?

Propagation of the species: sex, marriage, family, necessary goods

Basic satisfaction & sensory pleasure

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

?

Basic communion; intimacy; legacy

Propagation of the species: sex, marriage, family, necessary goods

Basic satisfaction & sensory pleasure

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

?

Peaceful, well-ordered society & all its attendant goods, pursuits…

Basic communion; intimacy; legacy

Propagation of the species:

sex, marriage, family, necessary goods

Basic satisfaction & sensory pleasure

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

?

Peaceful, well-ordered society & all its attendant goods, pursuits…

Living “beyond self”; mastery of arts & skills & intellect & craft…

Basic communion; intimacy; legacy

Propagation of the species:

sex, marriage, family, necessary goods

Basic satisfaction & sensory pleasure

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

?

Friendships of Virtue (excellence)…so as to contemplate…

Peaceful, well-ordered society & all its attendant goods, pursuits…

Living “beyond self”; mastery of arts & skills & intellect & craft…

Basic communion; intimacy; legacy

Propagation of the species:

sex, marriage, family, necessary goods

Basic satisfaction & sensory pleasure

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

“god, The One”

Friendships of Virtue (excellence)…so as to contemplate…

Peaceful, well-ordered society & all its attendant goods, pursuits…

Living “beyond self”; mastery of arts & skills & intellect & craft…

Basic communion; intimacy; legacy

Propagation of the species:

sex, marriage, family, necessary goods

Basic satisfaction & sensory pleasure

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


Hierarchy of Happiness, of “the good”: What makes man truly happy?

“god, The One”

Truth, Goodness, Beauty

Friendships of Virtue (excellence)…so as to contemplate…

Peaceful, well-ordered society & all its attendant goods, pursuits…

Living “beyond self”; mastery of arts & skills & intellect & craft…

Basic communion; intimacy; legacy

Propagation of the species:

sex, marriage, family, necessary goods

Basic satisfaction & sensory pleasure

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


The truly happy?Task of Happiness: To Become the Kind of Person Who Is Free & Capable of Attaining / Possessing the summumbonum…

…and thus becoming objectively happy (“in a state of happiness”) and subjectively most satisfied & delighted.

Therefore, the task is to become a virtuous man—a well-ordered & excellent human soul, internally & in one’s circumstances free, with one’s like-souled fellows

to pursue the ultimate truth, beauty, goodness

that is “the divine source.”


The Problem: truly happy?only Greek philosopher men (males)…at the best of times (no plague, no war, no political strife)…if lucky…enjoy the freedom & leisure & friendship that allows even getting close….


The Problem: truly happy?only Greek philosopher men (males)…at the best of times (no plague, no war, no political strife)…if lucky…enjoy the freedom & leisure & friendship that allows even getting close….

…and narcissistic, unruly-passionned, “fallen” Man tends always toward disordering the hierarchy…


…and “god” remains elusive, unattainable… truly happy?

The Problem: only Greek philosopher men (males)…at the best of times (no plague, no war, no political strife)…if lucky…enjoy the freedom & leisure & friendship that allows even getting close….

…and narcissistic, unruly-passionned, “fallen” Man tends always toward disordering the hierarchy…


…and “god” remains elusive, unattainable… truly happy?

Vision / paradigm problem

Capability / power problem


…and “god” remains elusive, unattainable… truly happy?

Vision / paradigm problem

“Oh wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

Capability / power problem


GOD Father, Son, Holy Spirit truly happy?

“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Friendship with God Himself!

A Marvelous Exchange! Marriage with the Divine! Communion & Participation in the very Life of the Triune Godhead thru Self-Gift of Son and Infusion of Spirit & His Gifts of Faith, Hope, Charity!


What makes man truly happy? truly happy?

GOD Father, Son, Holy Spirit

“Honor the Divine”

Truth, Goodness, Beauty

“No covet—right order in desire & self-gift”

Friendships of Virtue (excellence)…

Peaceful, well-ordered society & all its attendant goods, pursuits…

“Do not steal—provide generously”

“Do not lie—witness to truth”

Propagation of the species:

sex, marriage, family, necessary goods

“Do not commit adultery—order sexual powers toward just, stable relationships

“Do not take innocent life—provide for life”

Life & Health! Self-preservation & Well-being


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