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William James: Once Born and Twice Born People -
"However this doesn't mean that twice borns are unhappy. The reason is that their attitude often leads to a crisis, experienced as clinical depression, in a desire to understand the meaning of life. But the incompatibility of their desire for making sense of things and their pessimism demands a resolution if they are to love life again. And it is this demand that can lead to rebirth"
"As for the happy life, James said it consists of four main ingredients. First, we must choose to view the world as positive even though life contains sorrow and pain. Second, we must take risks by acting from the demands of our hearts. Third, we must act as if we are free and life is meaningful even though we can't be sure of either. Finally, we should remember that a crisis of meaning often leads to the happiest life."
(This article was reprinted in the online magazine of the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, May 28, 2016.)
William-James  religion  philosophy  happiness  psychology 
29 days ago by pierredv

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