BeanQuest

October 1, 2006

Which is better?

Filed under: whatever — Brian @ 9:03 pm

I’m not sure what to think about this, but it does have me thinking. From “Stumbling on Happiness” by Daniel Gilbert (which I got from my father and have just started reading), this quote of John Stuart Mill:

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question.

I don’t know if I agree with that or not. Sometimes I envy my golden retriever, that she’s always happy, no matter the kind of day she’s had, or what pleasures we’ve afforded her recently.

Other times, not so much.

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3 Comments »

  1. But if you stare at it long enough, or put on your 3-D glasses, it becomes clearer. You’d rather not be a pig or a fool, right? Your dog is not a pig or a fool. She is just satisfied. Not because she’s a pig or a fool, but because she has that special something, that she comes by naturally, to make her satisfied. That’s where we want to be. If I were a minister, I’d take that point to the next level, but really, we’re all just looking for the special something that dogs have. ;-)

    Comment by gwynne — October 2, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

  2. Wow.

    I *was* thinking that maybe I should read some more John Stuart Mill.

    *Now,* I’m thinking I should read more Gwynne.

    Thanks, Gwynne.

    Comment by Brian — October 3, 2006 @ 5:45 am

  3. Heh. Stick with John Stuart Mill. He will serve you much better in the end. ;-)

    Comment by Gwynne — October 7, 2006 @ 5:42 pm


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