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What does this Viktor Frakel quote mean?

Asked by gilgamesh (227points) January 16th, 2008

“happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue”
i’m kinda confused on what this means, i just finished reading his book ” man’s search for meaning ” and found this quote quit powerful.

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Cardinal's avatar

You cannot intentionally find happiness (you cannot persue it), it must happen after an event that you are involved in. Something must occure to you that will bring you short term or long term happiness.

lifeflame's avatar

This page elaborates this with examples from Frankl…

e.g., tell someone to “laugh” and it will sound forced; but tell someone a joke, and he will laugh.

Good principle in general – the idea that happiness will always be ahea dof you if you go looking…
However, I’m actually wondering if happiness is something that ensues; i.e., does something need to happen in order for happiness to take place? Or can happiness be just a state of beign that one recognises?
(In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “You have arrived. You are home.”)

readergirl119's avatar

Uuuhhhhhhhhhhhh. True? Yes? Maybe?

readergirl119's avatar

In other words, no idea.

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