Member Rara Avis
Ok, first I want to say that I have avoided this thread for a while, because once I get started.... Anyway, I'm feelin the mood, and I want to say a few things (like I'm ever quiet!)
11: A mind is like a parachute, it only operates when it's open!
I think that as with anything (since we're talking philosophy here) It's all a matter of perspective.
If someone believes that joy is derived from a higher power, then does our disbelief in their religion mute their joy?
If someone believes that happiness is granted in a smile, does your belief in God lessen the impact of that smile?
My own belief is that joy is where you find it. Whether it's in a bright, toothy grin, or in you faith in what's beyond, or if it's in the feel of a warm summer wind, joy is where you find it and what you make of it.
Everyone has different forms of what gives them glee. For me, it is in making others feel joy. I like to put a smile on people's faces, and in their hearts. If I have effected someone's life in a positive way, that gives me joy.
Now, I don't believe in a god. However, I hold many of the teachings from many religions to be true, based on the common sense that developed as I matured in life. And in my studies, I have seen that most religions mirror each other in many ways, though some are subtle. The point is, that even though I don't believe in God, or a god, I still take joy in some of the things I've learned in relation to these teachings.
I don't know, but maybe it's like the short phrase: Carpe Diem. Sieze the day, and be happy with what you have found, you is what you make of it.
The one thing I can say with almost complete assurance, is that you probably won't find happiness arguing over it's generation!
...the things I did not know at first, I learned by doing twice.