Thursday, April 18, 2013
H1 Group 2 Smith
Today my group had the honor of discussing Smith and his philosophy. Overall one theme we can agree was talked about was the pursuit of happiness. Everyone wants to be happy. Each person strives to find something in this messed up world that brings pleasure and happiness to an otherwise dull life. Some may find happiness in worldly things, while others may find true happiness in things such as religion. I believe that we can all agree that it is quite important to find some sort of happiness in life or we will start to lead dull and boring lives. This could also lead to things such as depression or suicide. To avoid such terrible things, we must find some happiness in the things that we do. To smith, this happiness was found in wine. He became obsessed with wine. Not just one single wine, but the many variations that are available. Some people become obsessed with things that make them happy. Smith was extremely happy with his obsession with wine. He is allowed to be happy and become happy from anything that he chooses. What we did discuss was the difference between a healthy obsession and an unhealthy obsession. Many people can have obsessions that can gete our of hand. Any obsession can get out of hand if taken and treated the wrong way. Even religion can get out of hand in some situations. The obsession that taxation is evil can be an obsession that is relevant for some people. However, this can become a very unhealthy obsession very quickly. It can become evil if it becomes verbal or physical. Some obsessions can become part of their imagination as well. In Don Quixote, he becomes obsessed with fairy tales that are not true and could never be true. For him, these creatures and stories are very real, but in reality, it is completely fake and just a part of his imagination. This also ties in to the discussion of Searle from last class. Self-decption when dealing with an obsession can become very unhealthy to that individual and others around him or her. Obsessions come from interests in newness of things surrounding you. This means that some obsessions can change or fall apart. Obsessions are a very big part of everyday life. Some people may even have obsessions without realizing it.
D.Q: Do we need obsessions to be happy? Or can happiness comes from other things?