Q: unhappyness and *dreams* about a better life..
June 11, 2005 at 2:51 pm #1142har0bed1813Participant
unhappyness and *dreams* about a better life.. r they a result from evolution?
June 11, 2005 at 4:37 pm #24343ctmdvfParticipant
Our brains evolved, and with that evolution came dreams, which help us embrace better life.
Thanks to dreams men have done wonders (bringing the evolution of society)
About unhappiness I am not certain. Humans try to be successful in order not to feel unhappiness, so maybe it is also a result of evolution
June 11, 2005 at 4:58 pm #24349MrMisteryParticipant
Humans do things so they will not be unhappy. Second principle of the function of the humanm intelect
June 11, 2005 at 5:41 pm #24357charles broughParticipant
Yes, evolution is the ultimate cause—however, social evolution as well as biological and behavioral evolution. Behaviorally, we evolved as social animals. We need to work and live together to be happy. However, when our society is weak because what we believe is divided, we feel stress and, because of our deteriorating life as a result, we feel resentment. We also feel left out and rootless. Many take their frustration out on their children. Others are unable to have children.
So, we wish for a better life than the one we have even tho this one is stuffed with “things” which our consumer-driven society drives us to buy. We wish for a better life even though we are free to take part in a host of assorted pleasures constantly being advertised or talked about on tv.
People have no “purpose” and feel unimportant, useless.
Perhaps the solution is to build a new and better society. . .
June 12, 2005 at 1:49 am #24387mithParticipant
Charles, can humans truely be happy? Or will we never be satisfied? Countless literature have been written about the rewards of pursuit of happiness(Great Gatsby comes to mind) but how many are really happy when they finally get it? The movie the Matrix somewhat deals with this issue saying that humans will never be truely happy even in a utopian universe. We live for the struggle. Unhappiness exists as a contrast to happiness and allows its experience.
June 23, 2005 at 9:52 am #25352har0bed1813Participant
Deep thoughts.. 😛
June 23, 2005 at 7:16 pm #25385MrMisteryParticipant
Einstein was right. Everything is relative. Including happiness. If you win the lotery, have a supermodel scientist who loves you as a girlfriend and plenty of friends who care about you, then you might think you are happy. But just then, your mother dies. Not so happy anymore, are you?
I agree with mithril, we live for the struggle. when i will finally get the nobel prise i will have lost my no 1 reason to live… But i’m not worried, i’ve got a lot of work to do until then 😉
June 25, 2005 at 10:16 am #25429
Humans are the last creatures you can make ”really” happy…the’ll never be happy no matter how much evolution is taking place ❗
June 25, 2005 at 10:43 pm #25463JamesParticipant
You could say we’re the only animals that can be happy, depending if other animals feel emotion.
July 5, 2005 at 1:11 pm #26087
I think all creatures feel emotins but not like humans and also as we are humans i don’t think we will know too much about their feelings.
July 5, 2005 at 2:41 pm #26097JamesParticipant
Well, animals think without language, whereas we think via language. This may be the difference.
July 5, 2005 at 4:11 pm #26108
i guess so 🙂
July 5, 2005 at 6:05 pm #26119biostudent84Participantquote har0bed1813:
A little too deep for me 😉
December 22, 2008 at 5:14 am #87992Kang1Participant
Biologically, happiness must be the feeling of being a step better for our propagation. Otherwise, human can not survive long.
Unhappiness is almost just the counterpart of the happiness.
These conclusions can be drawn simply by reasoning with the knowledge of a high school student who has learnt the biology and history.
December 22, 2008 at 5:22 am #87994alextempletParticipant
Is it just me or is this the same post three times in three different threads?
December 22, 2008 at 9:14 am #88003David GeorgeParticipantquote Kang1:
the answer looks a bit philosophical to me…..
but i think its good enough.
I am not very sure how evolution plays a major role here….
December 23, 2008 at 7:34 am #88019mcarParticipant
The way you see the reality may tell how happy you really are.
December 11, 2009 at 8:46 am #95804Nick1254367Participant
interesting thoughts. I completely agree, happiness is a tricky word. I had a shot at trying to define it in a more "scientific" or "objective" way, despite it being a subjective feeling: [link removed]
I would love to hear your thoughts!
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