Human Flourishing And Edaimonism

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Every human on earth desires for fulfillment, which is a need to more than just survive, it is a need to thrive and to flourish. The question of human flourishing has rolled around in the minds of the greatest philosophers for ages, and they have entitled it “Edaimonism.” Edaimonism is Greek, simply put means happiness, but it is more than superficial happiness; it can be described as “well-being” or “human flourishing” (Mastin, 2008, para. 2). Aristotle, Plato, Democritus, and Socrates all pondered this question, but none with the notion that mankind was designed, or that mankind’s happiness depended on the designer and his plan (Mastin, 2008). However, Christians, unlike these men, recognize the only way for human happiness and flourishing is to live according to God’s plan. This means happiness is not a ponderous question of the universe but a part of God’s plan a plan that revolves around two relationships: the relationship between God and mankind and the relationships amongst men. Human flourishing depends heavily on these two relationships as it depends heavily on God’s plan. True Friendship was created by God, it involves wisdom honesty and love, and remains essential to human flourishing. God created and designed friendship by first creating man. God created man to live in community with him, and like all creation, man was good. The only thing that was not good in creation is found in Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be

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