Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Earthlings' Ultimate Goal

If you ask people why they want to be happy, they will likely not be able to give any further external reason. If, however, you ask people why they want to be healthier or have freedom, they will likely be able to give reasons for pursuing these goals (e.g., to not be in pain, to enjoy life, to be able to control one's life). This underscores why happiness is the ultimate variable for consciously sentient beings on Earth; however, knowing how to optimally seek this ultimate goal is another story altogether.

Adapted from Richard Layard's (2005) book "Happiness: Lessons from a new science."

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