As a general rule would you say that the more educated worldly people in the world are less happy/content than the more ignorant people?
I'm carefull not to say "intelligent" because i know that intelligence is relative.. but in terms of being a thinker... someone who is aware of the world and evetything in it.... someone who appreciates the arts... would you say that they tend to struggle more with being content?
"Ignorance is bliss" i guess somes it up. Many of the greatest writers, poets, artists, musicians etc have dealt with drug addiction, depression and a whole range of mental illness.. whereas it seems that a person who follows the straight path through life... (typical job.. smallf family.. nice house.. retire grow old.. die) tend to be happier within themselves (not necessarily their surroundings but in their mind).
or perhaps for the less ignorant mind there is a loss before a gain? Is the mental torture that so many artists etc endure just the journey to a better life? you could think of it in terms of being enlightened as a buddhist..... monks sit around meditating... spending all that time doing nothing besides sitting and thinking... starving themselves... but they hope to achieve enlightenment.....
anyway.. what are you thoughts?
Yes, I think there is happiness in ignorance. The happiest lives in my opinion are those with just above average intelligence - a chance for success but no overly oppressive pressure. At the extremes there is probably happiness too, but in-between a lot of sadness is present due to competition etc.
tbh you just need enough intelligence to see that relatively speaking, we have it pretty ******* good in the UK compared to 90% + of the rest of the world, and also that you DON'T need to constantly be in competition with one another in terms of wealth, looks etc.
happiness is action of the soul in accordance to virtue
I think that someone very ignorant could only experience happiness to the degree that they are unenlightened. Thus, their happiness would only be a contented-sort of happiness but I think writers/emos etc have more room for euphoria as they're always bogged down.
I think it depends on what you've studied and what you're knowledgeable about. There are some philosophers for example who've made me see the world in a much more positive light; this has made me significantly happier.