When determining what is a good life, there are many obvious things that come to mind that would be a part of a good life for anyone. Having an active, healthy existence, feeling safe and secure in your life, and being happy are the most likely answers to the question of a good life. Health is an essential part to a good life, as is security in your life, both physical and financial. A good life is defined by how an individual interprets the term happiness and what he focuses on in his life.
Happiness is a trivial term. Although the dictionary has a definition, happiness is an emotion which is similar to love, no matter how you define it, you cannot encompass all that the word means. Happiness is a matter of individual preference, what makes some people happy may not give the same effect to another. Personally, Disney animated movies make me feel like a child again because of the happiness they invoke whereas my best friend sees Disney movies as childish and useless and, therefore, does not get the same happiness as I do out of those kind of movies. The term "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" seems to fit well with happiness.
Some people would say that their life is good because it is one of purpose. Religion plays a large part in the interpretation of a good life. An example of a purpose driven life is the suicide bombers in the Muslim faith. The attacks on the World Trade Centers in Americans', or better yet Christians', eyes were in no way related to what they see as a good life. Although they Muslims had a purpose, we saw the attacks as a just that, attacks on our country. The Muslim community on the other hand, believed the attacks were courageous and brave, and the individuals who flew the planes would be greeted in Heaven by 47 virgins as a rewards for their acts. The difference in a Christian driven life is extremely different from that of a Muslim. Christians see their life as a means of helping others and repaying the Father for his sacrifice...
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