Happiness Is The Ultimate Goal Of Existence Is Happiness

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In a general sense, the ultimate goal of existence is happiness; we seek to live well and to live a life filled with happiness. However, in order to achieve this central purpose of human life, happiness depends on the cultivation of virtue. To be an ultimate end, an act must be self-sufficient and final, “that which is always desirable in itself and never for the sake of something else (Nichomachean Ethics, 1097a30-34) and it must be attainable by man. In order to understand this road to happiness though, you must understand first that goods such as wealth, pleasure and honor are believed to make us happy. But they are not the ultimate ends; rather they are a means toward obtaining the end, while happiness is always an end in itself. Happiness is different than pleasurable sensations in that it can’t just disappear within hours; it measures your entire life up until the present moment. Therefore, one cannot say we have lived a happy life until after that life is over the same way we can’t call a movie great until the movie is over. As “it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy.” (Nichomachean Ethics). Happiness consists in achieving, through the course of an entire lifetime—health, wealth, knowledge, friends etc. This requires us to make choices, in your case, the choice on whether to take ADHD stimulant drugs. While it may seem easier to choose to consume the drug, even if you are not

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