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Comparing Happiness and Meaning

“Making happiness the focal point of your life trivializes it, because in order to regard anything as truly important, you also have to regard its loss as truly meaningful. Opening yourself up to moments of deep meaning simultaneously means that you have to open yourself up to the possibility of deep hurt and sorrow.

You do that anytime, for example, you make a relationship profound, you put your emotions on the line and that has to be real, or else the relationship can’t be real. To hope that sort of risk could be obliterated by the indulgence in a simplistic form of happiness is to shrink in cowardice from the demands real human existence places on people.”

-Jordan B. Peterson, CBC Idea’s “Say No to Happiness”

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3 Comments

  1. Well, true one has to reveal their most authentic emotions, especially to loved ones and good friends.

    • Perhaps most importantly, to oneself. Lying to ourselves is the easiest thing to do and the hardest to correct.

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