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The end of man is happiness. This is an axiom that cannot be disputed. If anyone cares to dispute it, he has to name some other end to man's activities. He will find none.

We may be mistaken as to where happiness lies. But the idea that greater happiness or lesser unhappiness is obtainable by a particular action is and must be connected with all human action.

Sometimes, it seems that such and such a man shows nobility because he has sacrificed all his chances of happiness for the good of someone he loves. But, accurately speaking, what we mean is that he would have found a greater misery had he allowed himself to fail in his duty. Or, as all Christians of good name do, they sacrifice immediate happiness for a distant and greater happiness. 





(updated 08-23-02)

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