- Is happiness a destination or a by-product?
- Is happiness a choice?
- Is happiness good health?
- Is happiness a person? or people?
- Is happiness a warm donut? A warm puppy? A Warm Gun?
In Book 3, Prose 2 of Boethius’ “Consolation of Philosophy,” The Love of Wisdom (“philosophy”, personified as a lady in white) defines happiness as “a state which is made perfect by the union of all good things.” A much better definition. In other words, happiness is attaining the highest good. Written in the 400’s AD, Boethius reveals the question of happiness is an ancient one. Mankind across time in every culture has been pursuing happiness, each one on his or her own path to find it.
If The Love of Wisdom ("philosophy") is correct, then it would be right to say that mankind has a built-in desire acquire happiness, apprehend of that which is truly good. The problem is that man gets lost when he considers the many possible paths. Which should he choose?
- Does money bring happiness?
- Or admiration or perhaps places honor?
- Maybe happiness is found in power.
- Or in fame, glory.
- Or in pleasure.