Happiness and Truth – two sides of the spectrum

I have been in quite a discomfort for a few days now. I am not relating the inventive thought of Hemingway or Aristotle with that of mine (and my immature thoughts).  I am a person who believes happiness and truth doesn’t come as a package. It’s a choice a person has to make in his lifetime. I think most prefer happiness. Like religious people. They prefer God’s comfort over reasoning of faith. Faith doesn’t require thinking. Well, that’s why they call it faith. Blind belief. Whether that is true is a topic for another debate. As I was saying, some prefer truth. And most often, they find it hard to be happy. Some would argue that happiness is subjective and that in reasonable people’s case, happiness might as well be the search for truth itself. I disagree. They are not happy. The knowing process just makes them feel better.

Hemingway on Happiness

“All men who have attained excellence in philosophy, in poetry, in art and in politics — even Socrates and Plato — had a melancholic habitus; indeed, some suffered even from melancholic disease.””
– Aristotle

“The dumbest creatures are always the happiest.”
– Colin Firth

“But hail thou Goddess,sage and holy,
Hail divinest Melancholy
Whose Saintly visage is too bright
To hit the Sense of human sight;
And therefore to our weaker view,
O’er laid with black, staid Wisdoms hue.” (Il Penseroso, lines 11–16)
– John Milton

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