|Intelligent Systems And Their Societies||Walter Fritz|
What is happiness? It has been said that some time ago the fishermen in Sicily where the happiest humans on earth. Also the same was said for the inhabitants of the south sea islands. We seldom hear that the inhabitants of a modern city are called happy. Why is this? To be happy means to have one's own objectives fulfilled. Those that were called happy had few and easily fulfilled wishes concerning their immediate environment. They were cut off from the rest of civilization and did not know about all the nice things described in advertisements, magazines and television.
People in the big cities hear about many things and so have many objectives some of which are hard to fulfill; they are unhappy. Maybe we should learn something from this and analyze our immediate objectives. Is the amount of effort needed to reach them reasonable? Is there a proportion between effort and objective? Or, should we choose other objectives?
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