Another person who also criticized some of the religious views was Pierre Bayle. Bayle argued that religion and morality were not necessarily linked. The Enlightenment also developed around the belief that scientific thought and expression should be free from religious interference and that the foundations of society should be human reason and logic. The Enlightenment’s relationship with God and the individual was more rational and distant leading to the idea of Deism. Deism became very popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries during the Enlightenment.
“The Pursuit of Happiness” suggests what we imagine occurrences and possessions that we believe would make us happy or unhappy. Then we even take that a step further by actually believing we fully realize what effect it would have on us and how we would react. The reality with this is, most of the time our beliefs are not even remotely close to what truly brings us genuine joy or despair. The same remains true in what feelings or reactions one would have with each situation. The article “Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness”, on the other hand, states that
So I concluded that the degree of pleasure or painful will determine what we experience next (whether it is pleasure or painful or nothing). There is also a question that comes in my mind, what about the feeling of numb? We could not feel either pleasure nor painful. VIII. No pleasure is bad itself: but the means which produce some pleasures bring with them disturbances many times greater than the pleasure.
Wallace is absolutely correct; if we enjoyed doing stupid boring stuff that is productive, we could literally accomplish anything in life. I like this quote because it relates to me a lot. When I overcome my tantrums of not wanting to do boring homework, life becomes so much easier. It is amazing how much more we can do and accomplish when things are not boring. But when it comes to boredom, we start to think too much and space off somewhere, which makes it so hard to concentrate and pay attention.
Some may see Holden’s fantasy of preserving innocence as nothing but a fool’s errand that only leads to madness, but it is also arguably a noble one. Holden loses out because he seems to dwell too heavily and is far too caught up with the ugly truths of things. Everything seems to depress the hell out of him, in his own words, even if the situation does not directly involve him at all. In a sense, he is way too empathetic for his own good. Relating this to ourselves, if we are perpetually immersing ourselves into the problems of the world and feeling everything around us, we would hardly be able to get anything done, like how Holden can’t even seem to bring himself to get into school.
Of course most of the people outside will fail at their lives dreams because of normal reasons like financial or mental blocks. As for me and the rest that would jump in we would be living like kings and seeing life in a way that we always strived for in the first place. If someone gives you a way to have everything you want and need no matter the stipulations you just can’t pass that up. The first reason I believe this would be an idea people shouldn’t pass up is because of the amount of peace and happiness it would bring to this cruel world. Imagine if all the unhappy people and the mentally unstable people could escape the world they despise so bad.
like how Cheryl Strayed said, privilege has a way of fucking with our heads, just like a lack of it does: with small but abundant tumours thriving in the corners we forget to check. i thought if i practiced faking smiles and feelings and concern long enough, it would get easier. more natural. but i was so damn wrong; all it did was
People from areas where arranged marriages are in practice are often encouraged to learn to love their other half. The truth is love is neither something that can be learnt nor forced upon an individual. It is a powerful feeling determined by chemical reactions uncontrollable to any human being. Despite this, parents who support arranged marriages will often deem it their responsibility to find an adequate spouse for their child. This shows a disregard for the basic human right to be able to have the freedom and choice to live a life of independence.
So even though hope can bring encouragement, it can also cause distress. As Samuel Johnson once said, “Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain” (“Hope Quotes”
According to Turkle, “Multitasking feels good because the body rewards it with neurochemicals that induce a multitasking high” (Turkle 163). In essence, Turkle is saying that multitasking makes us feel good about ourselves, thus making us want to do it more and more. I completely agree with Turkle in claiming that when you rely on multitasking too much, it can be harmful. Multitasking is out of control when you juggle more than one task at a time and you know you should be giving it your full attention. Excessive multitasking is harmful because it doesn’t allow you to focus on just one particular thing.