Joy vs Happiness
Happiness is a mood. Joy is a state of being. Happiness is circumstantial. Joy is sustainable no matter the circumstances.
I keep hearing, “As long as _ is happy, that’s all that matters.”
Happiness is the greatest experience our mortal bodies can enjoy. We work hard to achieve circumstances that will benefit our bodies. It is human nature to choose that to be your highest achievement. We identify with what makes and keeps us happy.
You can be happy and have no joy outside your own flesh. No joy within your own soul. Your flesh has a will that is separate from Holy Spirit.
When circumstances birth an identity, accommodating those circumstances become the next step in maintaining happiness.
Freud’s Psychology Promotes Moderation
Here is a representation of the Id, Ego and the Super Ego working according to our flesh without the use of Holy Spirit.
- ID = Your Impulsive Feelings
- EGO = Your worldly identity that mediates between your impulsive feelings and conscience
- SUPEREGO = Your Conscience
The ego mediates the id and superego by practicing moderation. The ego is humanity’s greatest defense against death. The only thing we have to remember? Doing what our feelings want, even with the qualifier “as long as no one gets hurt” still only serves our Adam nature.
Moderation is a great way to prolong happiness, though all it does is simply slow the process of death.
If our circumstances identify who we are, then we truly have no free will.
I’m not a fan of making happiness my greatest goal. Instead, joy is my greatest goal. Joy does not get slapped around by circumstances. I can practice free will to its fullest extent in a state of joy. Happiness is bounded by circumstances and joy is not bounded by my circumstances.
I desire free will more than anything else. It cannot be found in the world. The world tells you to be this or that, do this or that. While this or that contains choice, I experience much more human fulfillment in choosing joy.
Along with joy comes wisdom to understand a wider range of scenarios and how to handle situations, foresee things with a higher acuity. I can love better, be stronger. Happiness lags greatly behind sister joy.
How do we get boundless joy and free will?
Joy only comes from God. So does the greatest range of free will come only from God. That is how I get to identify however I see fit, according to a much bigger picture and overview than what “circumstances” offer.
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