Posted by Rita on December 18, 1997 at 12:10:07:
In response to Happiness vs. virtue, written by gkb on December 17, 1997 at 20:02:49
said, but then I started wondering... doesn't Socrates pose a question about whether it is better to be virtuous or happy? Couldn't Lucy be satisfied/happy in a worldly sense but not in a spiritual/moral sense?
I think you have a real point and I would lik to agree with you. But, I still have reservations about applying this to Lucy because I think you could be happy without being "virtous" but you cannot be happy when you fundamentally are dissatisfied with yourself.
Lucy, relishes undermining people specially Elinor, this indicates that at "some" level she envies her(otherwise she would not bother). Thus, can she really be happy.
also yes, I do believe you have to have an open heart to love and this she doesn't have.
I think I am partial to this topic because I have been observing a person whom I thought was my friend. Now, 4 years down the line I realise she must be deeply unhappy not to be able to feel happy for others.
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