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Marxist Hacker 42's Journal: On Pursuit of Happiness 2

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Comments from my last journal entry indicate I need to strongly define my definitions for the "self-evident rights" found in the Declaration of Independence. It appears I have different definitions than is common for America, though any Roman Catholic Scholar will find my definitions somewhat mirror those in Summa Theologicae by St. Thomas Aquinas.
 
This last, any Buddhist or Catholic theologian will tell you, is different from the other rights. Happiness can be found when expectation dies. On Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, these are the Social and Esteem needs. These vary greatly by individual- from hermits who need high Esteem but no Social, to external happiness individuals who get all of these needs from the social side. But one can live without any of them, they more properly termed wants, not needs. But with them, we can reach the peak of Maslow's pyramid, Self-Actualization. And it is the search for that peak that is the true pursuit of Happiness, for Happiness is not being rich, but learning to act as if one is already rich.

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  • >Happiness can be found when expectation dies.

    This is similar to Zen Buddhist world view and also I recall the word of Diogenes - he wanted only a little bit more sunshine. I'm not so sure whether the words found in the Questions of King Milinda.

    A kind of religion seeks no worldly profit. This form is indeed an original figure religions ought to be.

    • This is similar to Zen Buddhist world view and also I recall the word of Diogenes - he wanted only a little bit more sunshine. I'm not so sure whether the words found in the Questions of King Milinda.

      There is much in Zen that Catholicism has also learned over the last three centuries or so. I suspect that no religion can last for more than 1500 years without learning these lessons eventually.

      Too bad the American form of government is a for-profit religion that is only two centuries old.

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