Monday, December 3, 2012

What is the Happy Life?

"Yale philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff observes that modern culture defines the happy life as a life that is 'going well'–full of experiential pleasure–while to the ancients, the happy life meant the life that is lived well, with character, courage, humility, love and justice."


Jake said...

From Lewis Abolition of Man

"For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men: the solution is a technique; and both, in the practice of this technique are ready to do things hitherto regarded as disgusting and impious - such as digging up and mutilating the dead."

Mike Hsu said...


Great minds must think alike. Keller quotes Lewis on the same excerpt on p. 171.