You Control Yourself

Eudaimonia, the state of Happiness, “the good life,” the life appropriate to a rational being. It is the ultimate goal of all values, the end at which all ends point. Happiness is defined by Rand as “a state of non-contradictory joy.” I believe she elaborated best in Galt’s Speech:

Neither life nor happiness can be achieved by the pursuit of irrational whims. Just as man is free to attempt to survive in any random manner, but will perish unless he lives as his nature requires, so he is free to seek his happiness in any mindless fraud, but the torture of frustration is all he will find, unless he seeks happiness proper to man. The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.

Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy - a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your mind’s fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer. Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds joy in nothing but rational actions.
[GS, FNI, 150; pb123]

Happiness is a state of coherence between a man’s conscious convictions, his actions, his subconscious (ie, his automated ideas,) and the world. Any contradiction in one’s nature, any split between his mind and his body, makes Happiness impossible. The man who evades the responsibility to think and act rationally is incapable of non-contradictory joy. Existence is forever his inescapable enemy, and suffering is his lot in life.

2 Responses to “You Control Yourself”

  1. On March 15th, 2004 at 16:09:33, Said:

    :He has the power to find and correct errors in his thinking

    How does one correct his actions?

    :so I do not consider my pleasure as the goal of the lives of others

    How do you expect others to serve you?

  2. On March 15th, 2004 at 23:13:56, isaac Said:

    Thanks for posting to my site.

    : How does one correct his actions?

    All errors in action are the natural result of errors in thinking. Fix your mind and the rest will follow.

    : How do you expect others to serve you?

    Who says that I do? I only expect that others will serve themselves.

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