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Happiness Vs. Nihilistic viewpoint

Both emotions and states of mind are within the mind and from an "atheist" point of view such things wouldn't exist. Objectively speaking, is it worth pursuing happiness understanding that it is only within the mind? Yes it is and understandable argument that we should try to best enjoy the life that we live rather than live painfully but is it really morally correct to idolize happiness and make it the center of life? I would think that any type of answer besides criticism would help in satisfying the question.

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    Oct 31 2013: I have not, in my recollection, heard anyone, atheist or otherwise, argue that emotions do not exist. Could you explain what you mean by 'idolizing happiness?" Is that the same as being intentional about the choices one makes, with an eye toward feeling fulfilled as a person?
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      Nov 2 2013: Right, what I mean to say is that emotions do not exist outside of living beings, a rock cannot feel happiness. And when i say idolizing happiness I mean that humanity values it as such a powerful and worthy emotion. Is happiness all that it is cut out to be and/or worth pursuing?
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        Nov 2 2013: I think people who study happiness have moved on, often, to talking about and studying fulfillment.
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          Nov 2 2013: Well this conversation is related to a talk saying that happiness and fulfillment are the same thing.

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