Happiness is a moral obligation
, so says Dennis Prager. His thesis: all of the people who make this world a worse place are unhappy. Read the whole thing.Update:
I tossed in this comment:Joy has the same prerequisites as love, as Paul of Tarsus once stated so eloquently. For those of you who brought your Bibles, turn to First Corinthians chapter 13, verses 4 through 7:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Revelry rejects those restraints; it is an immature attitude towards "fun." (Paul hints at that observation, contrasting love with childishness in verse 11: "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.") Joy (and love) require moral discipline. But some cultures are less moral than others; thus some adults are less grown-up than others.