Life and the Pursuit of Happiness

Ben Yacobi
2015 Journal of Philosophy of Life   unpublished
Humans strive for some kind of happiness in a world that is not conducive to it. As each human life is a collection of random thoughts, choices, experiences, memories, and their interpretations, a permanent state of vague happiness does not exist, since everything is temporary. The pursuit of happiness, or the pursuit of anything in life, does not lead to a permanent state or thing. One can only experience moments of contentment in life. Some measure of temporary sense of perceived happiness is
more » ... achieved not by pursuing it but by recognizing meaningful moments that could be missed during the pursuit itself.