donderdag 24 maart 2011

Mill's Onvolprezen Advies

John Stuart Mill's Onvolprezen Advies voor wie bij voorkeur zonder depressies door het leven gaat:
I never, indeed, wavered in the conviction that happiness is the test of all rules of conduct, and the end of life. But I now thought that this end was only to be attained by not making it the direct end. Those only are happy (I thought) who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way. The enjoyments of life (such was now my theory) are sufficient to make it a pleasant thing, when they are taken en passant, without being made a principal object. Once make them so, and they are immediately felt to be insufficient. They will not bear a scrutinizing examination. Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. The only chance is to treat, not happiness, but some end external to it, as the purpose of life.
Het prentje: en een goed lief kan vermoedelijk ook geen kwaad. John Stuart Mill en Harriet Taylor, vrienden voor het leven.

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