Written by Laurent Grenier

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b) As a rule, people are neither great nor bad inrepparttar extreme. They are relatively friendly and helpful – if you treat them fairly – and they lead decent though imperfect lives. Having said this, they have minds of their own, which may not be in keeping with yours. A man may fall in love with a woman who doesn't care a whit about him, and vice versa. A job seeker may hope for employment at some outfit, where in his opinion he belongs, and have his application turned down by an employer who sees things in a different light. These two examples count among an infinity of possible ones that testify torepparttar 139712 same truth: Other people's wishes and yours often differ and you must then (out of respect) compromise or abstain from doing as you please.

c) On a positive note, there is some degree of harmony between nature's purpose and that of humans. As harsh as our life is on earth, we can subsist or even thrive. Yet, this harmony does not alterrepparttar 139713 fact that both purposes are distinct, always in danger of being opposite. Just think aboutrepparttar 139714 amount of resourcefulness and adaptability we must show to indeed thrive. At bestrepparttar 139715 harmony is labored and confined within narrow limits. Think also aboutrepparttar 139716 number of times nature's purpose and that of humans clash, as demonstrated by all manner of nuisances, illnesses, and disasters. In short,repparttar 139717 relationship we have with nature is likerepparttar 139718 relationship some people have with wild animals they have tamed. These animals are pleasant pets provided their needs are catered for. Still, they can turn against their owners for no apparent reason, except that they are fundamentally wild.

As I pointed out earlier, wisdom starts with a willingness to tacklerepparttar 139719 harsh reality of life head-on. It isrepparttar 139720 reverse of ignorance, and hence is exclusive ofrepparttar 139721 illusory bliss that accompanies this ignorance. If happiness is possible through wisdom, it is achieved withrepparttar 139722 full knowledge and acceptance ofrepparttar 139723 harsh reality in question. By acceptance I do not mean a passive resignation towardrepparttar 139724 status quo in all its harshness. I mean a brave readiness to turn our situation – possibly bad in a number of respects – to good account. And this includes bettering what we are able to better, while making do with everything else.

Easier said than done, of course. But then happiness is not about what is easy; it is about what is good and right and can only be accomplished through a great deal of meritorious effort. To make or not to make this effort isrepparttar 139725 question, which sums up human freedom. And surely nobody in their right mind would forever takerepparttar 139726 easy option that leads to unworthiness and unhappiness!

Laurent Grenier’s career as a full-time writer and philosopher spans over twenty years. He has released various articles in art and philosophical magazines. He has also written some philosophical essays, a collection of memories and thoughts, and a compendium of physiology and nutrition, still unpublished. “A Reason for Living” constitutes his best work to date.

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Can You Buy Happiness?

Written by Steve Gillman

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It's not about televisions. They can be good things. It's about priorities. How we make money and how we spend money reveals ourselves. Do we like what we see? Money IS important, isn't it?


So, can money buy happiness? Well, it can help putrepparttar right conditions in place. Is it easier to be happy if you have food to eat? Whether you call that buying happiness or not, repparttar 139711 understanding is more important thanrepparttar 139712 argument.

Name any valuable goal or direction in your life. Can't you, with a little imagination, see how money might help? Earn your money in a healthy, satisfying way, and spend it wisely, and of course you have a better chance to be happy. Clearly, we need a deeper understanding of this than a cliche can provide.

Steve Gillman writes on many self help topics including boosting brainpower, losing weight, meditation, habits of mind, creative problem solving, learning gratitude, generating luck and anything related to self improvement. You'll find more at

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