The Conquest Of Happiness PDF By Bertrand Russell

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The causes of these various kinds of unhappiness lie partly in the social system, partly in individual psychology-which, of course, is itself to a considerable extent a product of the social system.

I have written before about the changes in the social system required to promote happiness. Concerning the abolition of war, of economic exploitation, of education in cruelty and fear.

It is not my intention to speak in this volume. To discover a system for the avoidance of war is a vital need of our civilization.

But no such system has a chance while men are so unhappy that mutual extermination seems to them less dreadful than the continued endurance of the light of day.

To prevent the perpetuation of poverty is necessary if the benefits of machine production are to accrue to any degree to those most in need of them

But what is the use of making everybody rich if the rich themselves are miserable? Education in cruelty and fear is bad, but no other kind can be given by those who are themselves the slaves of these passions.

These considerations lead us to the problem of the individual: what can a man or woman, here and now, in the midst of our nostalgic society, do to achieve happiness for himself or herself?

In discussing this problem, I shall confine my attention to those who are not subject to any extreme cause of outward misery.

I shall not consider the great catastrophes, such as the loss of all one’s children, or public disgrace. There are things to be said about such matters.

And they are important things, but they belong to a different order from the things that I wish to say. My purpose is to suggest a cure for the ordinary day-to-day.

Unhappiness from which most people in civilized countries suffer, and which is all the more unbearable because, having no obvious external cause, it appears inescapable.

Author Bertrand Russell
LanguageEnglish
Pages258
PDF Size14.2 MB
CategorySelf Improvement

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