What is happiness? Thus explained Zygmunt Bauman

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How many times have we asked ourselves what happiness is? And how many others, have we lost ourselves among thoughts and phrases with free interpretation? Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, who passed away yesterday, was among those who questioned how to be happy in a liquid society. The craving for desire, mass consumerism, according to Bauman, had helped to forget this very vital word: happiness. “Happiness is a state of mind, body, which we feel acutely, but which is ineffable. A feeling that cannot be shared with others. Nevertheless, the main characteristic of happiness is that of being an opening of possibilities, as it depends on the point of view with which we experience it ”, explained the sociologist of Jewish origin. While in ancient times being happy was a luxury granted to a few, in recent times happiness was considered a universal right, and today? "It is a duty, feeling unhappy causes a sense of guilt. Therefore, whoever is unhappy is forced, despite him, to find a justification for his existential condition", he said.



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How many times have we asked ourselves what is happiness?



And how many others, have we lost ourselves among thoughts and phrases with free interpretation? The Polish sociologist Bauman Zygmunt, who passed away yesterday, he was among those who questioned how to be happy in a liquid society.

The craving for desire, mass consumerism, according to Bauman, had helped to forget this very vital word: happiness.

“Happiness is one mental state, corporeal, which we feel acutely, but which is ineffable. A feeling that cannot be shared with others. Nevertheless, the main characteristic of happiness is that of being an opening of possibilities, as it depends on the point of view with which we experience it ", explained the sociologist of Jewish origin.

While in ancient times being happy was a luxury granted to a few, in recent times happiness was considered a universal right, and today?

“It is a duty, feeling unhappy causes a sense of guilt. So who is it unhappy he is forced, in spite of himself, to find a justification for his existential condition ”, he said.

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Parallel to this, Bauman argued that happiness should be a goal to strive for, that is daily end of our existence, because the wrongest thing to do is 'desire the desire rather than the fulfillment of it'.

“This attitude gives rise to a basically infinite chain of frustrations and dissatisfactions”.

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And here is a comment from de 'The Swedish Theory of Love', a niche film by Erik Gandini, Bauman said:



“Happiness does not mean a life without problems. A happy life it is obtained by overcoming difficulties, facing problems, solving them, accepting the challenge. Accept a challenge, do your best and commit yourself to overcome it. And then you experience happiness the moment you realize that you have stood up to difficulties and destiny. On the other hand, you feel lost if the comforts increase. Happiness - concludes Bauman - is the challenge of present humanity, for his own future dignity".



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