Meaningful Happiness A Tract Book Essay By Anthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2006 by Anthony J.

Fejfar Aristotle argues that the end of a human being is happiness, and that ultimate happiness is found in contemplation of The Good, or Being, or as some might say, God. While this sounds pretty good to me, something bothers me about the whole thing. You see, I’ve been in circumstances when I am happy, sort of, but yet something still isn’t right. Maybe it’s that part of me is happy and part of me isn’t. Now, here’s the problem. We now live in a post Orwellian 1984 environment. Remember in the book 1984, everybody was given a So, everybody laid around in

happiness drug. I think it was called soma.

their chairs, on soma, happy. The problem with this is that this seems wrong to me. I think somehow that soma happiness shouldn’t count. Something more is needed. I argue that the real end of a human being is meaningful happiness. You shouldn’t have to qualify happiness, of course, but then there is the soma problem. So, I think that you do have to qualify happiness, and that


happiness, to be true happiness, must be meaningful happiness. What I am doing when I say that happiness must have meaning? Somehow I know. What is meaning? Meaning is that which is found meaningful. Meaning involves the attainment of an end in a way which satisfies the person’s desire for meaning. Meaning is perhaps an accomplishment. It is the idea of

getting something done which is worthwhile. Perhaps, meaning means obtaining the worthwhile, and perhaps, meaningful happiness is found in the truly worthwhile. If so, Bernard Lonergan was right in saying that the goal of the ethical person is the truly worthwhile.