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My Definitive "Meaning Over Happiness" Post

Mike Radivis just asked asked some good questions on "Chase Meaning, Not Happiness" -

How do you measure meaning if not in terms of happiness? Aren't things that create more happiness for a longer time for a larger number of individuals better than those things who lack those qualities but are proclaimed to be personal achievements anyway? Does the scope of happiness make happiness meaningful to you or not? What are achievements good for if they aren't good at facilitating happiness? Imagine you wouldn't experience any pleasant or unpleasant emotions and would have to decide rationally what to pursue (assuming that is possible at all). Then what you want to do with your life? (Another way to formulate this question maybe would be to ask what's your grand strategy in that situation.)

I'm quite interested in your answers. I like that your blog posts are so outspoken. It's just that the message of this post is hard for me to grasp, as I'm pretty much utilitarian in my thinking.

Good questions. I'll go through it line by line.

How do you measure meaning if not in terms of happiness?

Mom Life 1: Backseat Driver

On Waiting for My Owl

Last night, I went somewhere with the kids. We were on a back country road, which I have driven on for about ten years now. Country roads have lots of intersections that are seldom busy. You get a little too used to it sometimes...

After going through one of these deserted intersections, Noah says, "mom, did you stop?"

I say, "yes..." (Obviously, because he had to ask means I probably didn't stop as well as I should have.)

There's a short pause, and then he continues, "Next time you should stop longer."

Accepting criticism for my driving is hard enough from my mom and my husband, but my 4 year old?! Nonetheless, I swallow my pride and say, "ok".

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