The Good Life

2 Commentsby   |  01.20.13  |  Student Posts

The Good Life always seems to be somewhat idyllic in my mind. It is a life that one strives for but never quite reaches and yet it is one of the driving forces that keeps us passionately striving for something better. This Good Life can be different to each and every person depending upon their goals, passions and even insecurities but I feel that the one ingredient that seems to be the same for each and every person is happiness. That is the thing that we strive for throughout our lives.

My Good Life would have to be described as a world where I was successful in my endeavors and where my passions were vast. Where life came easily, no one had worries and love was easily spread. Where strangers were not harmed by other strangers and where no child would go hungry or thirsty. Even where ignorance was truly blissful. The more we learn about ourselves and the world around us the more pain and suffering we seem to bring into the world. Adam and Eve were perfectly ignorant. They had no knowledge of Good or of Evil and that makes all the difference. Yet Adam and Eve still strived for the thought of happiness, going so far as eating of the forbidden fruit to gain knowledge and even, dare I say it, happiness. But was their idyllic happiness truly happiness? Is the idea of the Good Life a reality or simply a fantasy to help us cope with the sin, pain and suffering of our lives?


  1. Paige Wilson
    1:13 pm, 01.21.13

    I completely agree that the good life is entirely individual and subjective in nature. We are all driven by different goals in life, from money to personal relationships. I also agree that happiness is one of these goals. In the world today, we have so many resources at our fingertips. Instant gratification of our desires is the name of the game. We can find virtually any information at the push of a button. We can order a meal at any time of day, and eat it without even setting a foot out of our cars. I believe that living life in search of nothing other than happiness is not only a form of self gratification, but also self medication, distracting ourselves from the ever present pain of reality. In my opinion, to live a good life requires the discernment to know when temporary happiness should be sacrificed for some greater purpose outside of one’s self. Great insight! I enjoyed your post.

  2. Katie Clouse
    5:48 pm, 01.21.13

    I loved your point where you stated the good life is something we are all constantly reaching for and going after. I have never looked at it that way before. I agree with the point you made where you said the good life differs from person to person, but the key to them all is happiness.

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