Can True Happiness be Achieved?

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In society today there is a common understanding that true happiness can never be achieved. Moreover, that the purpose of life is to suffer and to work until death. This thought raises many questions about the steps to take in order to achieve true happiness. The struggle to answer these questions goes above and beyond minds because humans are made so distinctly that the definition varies from person to person. But if true happiness is in fact achievable, it will be attained only when we are one with ourselves, with what we produce, and with the people that surround us.
Stoicism was established in approximately 300 B.C.E by Greek philosopher, and mathematician, Zeno, and included philosophers such as Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. (Soccio
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Continuing the search for true happiness,philosopher Karl Marx supported the idea of becoming one with ourselves and the product thereof. Due to the multiple possible interpretations of Marx, his philosophy can be confusing to some. To understand how this relates to finding true happiness is as simple as understanding “Alienation.” Alienation, is a term used by Marx to explain how a person can become separated from their soul and hearts. The term alienation is described as, “A state of powerlessness, frustration, repressed resentment, and despair” (Soccio 386). In other words, to take the second step towards true happiness it is necessary to become the reverse, unalienation. The term, unalianation, can be described as becoming one with yourself and that thing that we create. It is a fact that most humans cannot be truly happy. In fact, the search for true happiness is a never ending struggle. Therefore, taking a look into why we can't find happiness, can perhaps be explained by the reasons of why we suffer. The human nature is a cycle, where there is birth, growth, and death, but in between all of that, there is more suffering than happiness. Take the following philosopher for example; Buddha, a rich prince that while shielded from all that is bad was able to find true meaning in life only when he found pain and suffering. “Socrates, a well known philosopher that was loved by many, was punished to death by poisoning after being found guilty
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