Nov 29, 2015 1:29 AM GMT
On another thread, poster JackNNJ brought up something interesting.
"happiness is a moral obligation"
I am not sure if the poster agrees with this or not, I am not sure if i do either but i thought it was an interesting thought about the ways in which we can effect those around us. If someone is unhappy and unwilling to work at it, assuming of course they don't have some mental health issue that precludes or complicates the issue such as depression.....should that be treated as odious as bad breath or poor hygiene, bad odour.
If you're an unhappy person, chances are you are going to go out in the world and make interacting with you a little harder on everyone else. We've all heard the saying misery loves company, and we all probably know someone who is almost always miserable and as such a pain to be around. No one on here, always being negative that's for sure.
In coming to think about this, i find myself instantly equating the idea of happiness as a moral obligation, to being physically fit as a moral obligation. If you're fit, you'll have less healthcare costs and be more productive and perhaps the sea level won't rise so fast with all the fatties weighing the tectonic plates down....
I feel like comparing it to exercising and eating properly because that seems less esoteric. What is happiness? how do we achieve it? That seems like something a little harder to understand versus losing weight and eating healthy.
I think in the end, the mechanics are the same.....happiness requires work, disicpline, perhaps attaining knowledge from someone who seems to be better at being satisfied than yourself.....or if you're lucky, like some people with great genes, it requires a little less work.
So that brings me back to the idea, the idea of moral obligation. What do i owe, you. What do i owe all the versions of you, running around my neighbourhood...
I am not sure. I am not sure i am overly well equipped with the same moral certitude many of you might have out there. Maybe that's part of the reason i found the question so interesting, is my lack of ability to come to answer easily.
What do you think? Is happiness a moral obligation? Could it be? Should it be?
Or if you prefer, is physical fitness one?