More, more, more

More money, more consumption, more happiness – the trinity of our so-called modern life. And in this utilitarian world, “happiness” seems to be the highest good, the one final goal that all of us should aspire to achieve. It is for a reason that “the pursuit of happiness” is mentioned in a prominent place in the American Declaration of Independence, and that Jeremy Bentham’s phrase “the greatest happiness of the greatest number – that is the measure of right and wrong” is one of the major pillars of the predominant political philosophy of our times. What’s left for all those who are not able or willing to subscribe to the fetish “happiness”: prozac, psychotherapy, or the final exit. Or, possibly, the utopia of a life that is not happy, but meaningful.

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