|1. Happiness is by definition the
state to which one aspires. For most, that state is one of deep and lasting
2. Such pleasure is not to be confused with
transitory pleasure, which comes and goes, while happiness, to be truly
happiness, must be a state that is far more stable and
3. Nor should such pleasure be confused with
the avoidance of pain, for those who strive to avoid pain must also of
necessity avoid happiness, which lies in the same direction as pain and is
part of the same landscape.
4. Although most pursue transitory pleasures
and seek to avoid pain, we know well that such behavior does not bring us
5. The deepest and most lasting pleasure is
derived from the act of being, and is available to all at all times and
under all circumstances.
6. Happiness therefore comes about through
continuous awareness of the beauty and goodness of being. Such awareness,
however, is difficult to sustain.
7. The principles of wisdom are inborn
faculties that bring us to an awareness of the beauty and goodness of
being and help us to sustain it.
8. To the extent that we are happy, we have
the will to survive despair. Paradoxically, however, those who are most
happy have embraced all of being, including death, and thus fear it least.
Principles of Wisdom: Freedom
Attributes of Wisdom: Basis in Human Nature
Wisdom: Table of Contents