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For many that have dealt with the meaning and the importance of happiness, once a “classicist” student hears that word, thoughts go to Herodotus and the dialogue between Solon and Croesus.
So, Croesus, men is entirely change. To me you seem to be very rich and to be king of many people, but I cannot answer your question before I learn that you ended your life well. The very rich man is no more fortunate than the man ho has only his daily needs, unless he changes to end his life with all well. Many very rich men are unfortunate, many of moderate means are lucky. The man who is very rich but unfortunate surpasses the lucky man in only two ways , while the lucky surpasses the rich but unfortunate in many. The rich man is more capable of fulfilling his appetites and of bearing a great disaster that falls upon him, and it is in these ways that he surpasses the other. The lucky man is not so able to support disasters or appetite as is the rich man, but his luck keeps these things away from him…Herodotus, 1.32’5-6
Whoever passes through life with the most and then dies agreeably is the one who, in my opinion, o King, deserves to bear this name. It is necessary to see how the end of every affair turns out, for the god promises fortune to many people and then utterly ruins them.Herodotus, 1.32’9
[Fair to be said, I don't totally agree with this translation that I've found at "Herodotus, The Histories A. D. Godley, Ed.". However, I had no possibility to translate that all since I'm already pretty late... just one thing: what it is translated as "fortunate" try to translate it as "HAPPY". If not, I'm afraid it may result difficult to understand the reference.]
Croesus ask Solon who the happiest man is in his opinion, thinking he was the one. However, Solon explains him that before he dies as a “happy man”, he cannot be considered happy, just lucky. And that depends entirely on the gods’ will.
You may then realise, after such little consideration of human power, how refreshing it is to read that happiness is in our hands!
Happiness is simply a decision. You are as happy as you decide to be!Ashok Wahi
This idea of self-realisation uterly reminds me of the “self-made-man” Americans so much believed in, and somehow everybody still do. Once again I think of the English litterature and Charles Dickens, however this time I’d like to reflect on the fact that Happiness to me means so much but at the same time, it means nothing. Have you ever thought deeply about what happiness is? I have.
To be honest, some time ago one of my teachers asked us to define happiness, that’s how I came to think about it. I then relized that what the Dalai Lama said was truly reletable but at the end of the day what happiness is, that’s still a mistery for me.
Whole purpose of life is to be happy.HH Dalai Lama
I’ve heard my schoolmates define happiness as “reaching our goals”, “fulfilling our desires”, “creating a family”, “having good job and good relationships”, “traveling towards our goals”, all the previous ones”…At first I also related to them, however once a though crossed my mind I kept thinking about it.
I was sitting on balcony, alone, looking at the scene in front of me when I suddenly stated those words. That was not a memorable day at all except for that simple statement: I’m happy. Even now that I’m writing these words, I’mhappy. Although nothing great have happened so far, I’m happy. Although nothing did not happen, I’m happy.
Happiness is simply a decision! Yuo are as happy as yuo deside to be!Ashok Wahi
I don’t know if in that moment I decided to be happy or if I just relised I have always been happy, but I want to keep these words in mind. I may decide someday that I am no longer happy, however I hope there will be always a way to remember…
Happiness is still a mistery to me, but I do know, I am happy. I whish you all the happiness of the world!
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