Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (HSGP) Message Board › Inquiring Minds: Happiness. Is it Real, or Just a Definition?
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My intention for this thread is to address the Subject, i.e. title "Happiness. Is it real or just a definition?"
In no particular order:
1) The title implies that happiness might be considered an existant (is it real) or a concept that humans define. If "real", one might seek to sense it (handle, taste, visualize, hear, smell). Etymologically.
If a concept, one might attempt to capture experiences of happiness in a definition and further elucidate in an essay.
2) Real(-ness) could also be used to question a concept's value or significance.
3) One might ask, "Why is 'just' used in the title?"
I assume "just" suggests definitions are of lesser value, order, etc. than real(-ness).
Is a concept less valuable than an existant?
Are they comparable as Gala to Braeburn apples?
Instead comparable as silkiness of chocolate to the brightness of direct sunlight?
Or should we consider order, with definitions meta- to reality or vice versa?
4) Lastly, (from me; hopefully only the beginning of shared ideas for consideration)
Is there a hint of subjectively knowable (personal, experienced) vs objectively foundational (universal, a perfect concept for each human to strive toward but never fully reach)?
Hope these questions are useful to those inclined to read and consider. Encouraged to expound...