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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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  • Nov 6 2013: Can you clarify what you meant here?:

    "Both emotions and states of mind are within the mind and from an "atheist" point of view such things wouldn't exist."

    The part about atheists. What would not exist from the point of view of an atheist and why? Very clearly please.

    Also, your paragraph does not seem to be related to the title question, and I truly don't understand what the question is. Happiness versus nihilism? What do we prefer? What? What's the question?
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      Nov 6 2013: I guess what I was thinking when I wrote atheist was that someone with a view of god would take happiness as something eternal and all around, something worth pursuing and even praising. A nihilist would view happiness as something inside of the mind, a sensation fueled from the brain rewarding the body with a feeling of satisfaction, maybe even similar to a drug. One may say that "oh well this ted talk is all about happiness being a sensation of fulfillment and pleasure being more similar to a drug" but think of this, how unsatisfying would life be with only misery and suffering, I don't know about you but if that were the case I believe that many people would scramble to find happiness as if it were a drug.
      • Nov 6 2013: But why wouldn't someone without a view of gods take happiness as something worth pursuing and even praising? Nihilism is not the same as atheism. Nihilism is the one who has problems finding meaning. Atheist is the one who does not believe in gods.

        So, no, a nihilist would not necessarily view happiness "as something inside of the mind, a sensation fueled from the brain rewarding the body with a feeling of satisfaction, maybe even similar to a drug." That would be more of a person learning about something like the physiology of happiness. But that is far from meaning that such person would be a nihilist, or find no meaning in happiness beyond the physiology. Understanding the physiology of emotions does not mean that emotions will therefore be considered meaningless.

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