Strange Times Versus Eudaimonia



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‘These are strange times. Reason, which once combated faith and seemed to have conquered it, now has to look to faith to save it from dissolution.”

Well, should I write, Happy New Year? I think so because this is my first article for the New Year, yet the world has gone through and is still going through strange times. There was the story of a madman who insisted he must rule for a billion years (former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh) and now we have a President of the free-world who insisted on building walls, and causing as much division as he wanted.

These are strange times indeed.

However, I’ll rather go along the Hannah Arendt line, which was self-explanatory:

”The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it.”

I guess we might as well pursue that which makes us happy.  2017 is a year I want to pursue a wellness of spirit, soul, and body, and I hope you can all come to a place of wholeness too.

I hope you’ll all have a wonderful weekend.

Much love, always! 🙂 🙂

23 comments on “Strange Times Versus Eudaimonia

  1. Al says:

    2017, I want people to be able to have what they want. As long as it is within the confines of the law of course. As for me, I can’t have what I want, but I hope everyone else can.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I like your spin on my article, ”I want people to be able to have what they want. As long as it is within the confines of the law of course.” When some people get what they want, it could be pandemonium. However, many people’s lives would be better if they do get what they want.
      This year, I do hope you get what you want my friend, I really pray you do Al. My warm regards to your lovely family old friend.

      • Al says:

        Unfortunately, what I want is outside the scope of possibility, but thank you 🙂

      • Seyi sandra says:

        There’s something called faith and hope Al. Maybe you could try faith?

      • Al says:

        Unfortunately, I’m confined to a wheelchair at the moment with 15 stairs between me and the outside world.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Oh no Al! I’m so sorry to read this. It’s your back? I’m really sorry. I’ll be praying for you my friend. I sincerely believe in miracles and I hope God would heal you in Jesus name. I’m so sorry my friend! I pray that this year, things will change for good for you. My love to your lovely children.

      • Al says:

        Thanks Sandra. It took a steep downward turn in August and has been getting progressively worse, to the stage that it is nearly impossible to even stand. Kids have been fantastic though. Thanks Very much Seyi.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        I’ll still be praying for you Al. I’m glad your kids are so supportive. God bless your lovely family. I hope there’s some kind of treatment that can help alleviate the pain?
        Take care my friend!

      • Al says:

        Thank Seyi. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done for me. I just have to live with it and try and get somewhere with a ground floor.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        I hope you do get a ground floor accommodation soon. Take care of yourself old friend.

    • utesmile says:

      Al, sometimes it is not too got to get everything people want. Then they take everything for granted and want more. There are things which are precious and people don’t treasure it. I agree with Seyi, never give up hope!

  2. A rather short article but still thought provoking at the same time. Eudaimonia in Greek means ‘happiness, welfare or human flourishing.’ I’m not faulting Arendt’s prowess as a world-renowned philosopher, however, some human beings thrive on been evil, they relish and are gratified by it. Isn’t that Eudaimonia for some depraved mind?
    I love a good debate Seyi!
    Christy. 🙂

  3. Happy New Year, Seyi! Here’s to living for today. ❤

  4. Sherri says:

    Never too late to wish you a Happy New Year dear Seyi! So lovely to see you back again. I hope and pray that 2017 brings you to ‘living well’, in heart, body and soul, for every blessing for you and your beautiful family and that you would soar and not grow tired, run and not grow weary. That you would glow with joy and health and every good thing. Much love and every blessing to you my dear friend 🙂 ❤

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Yes Sherri, it’s never too late, although this year seems to have began with a flurry. I can’t believe we’re almost in the third month of the year. I am grateful for your kind words Sherri, God bless you richly.
      I’ll be visiting your blog soon, much love to you dear Sherri.
      Blessings. 🙂

      • Sherri says:

        Me neither Seyi…where is this year going? No worries my friend, I’m not exactly sprinting those blog posts out at the moment…but we’ll get there, right? God bless you too my dear friend, have a wonderful weekend with lots of love from me… 🙂 xxx

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  6. Ste J says:

    Happy New Year my friend. This year we should all aim to live well, to band together against injustice and say no. Act collectively and we achieve community which helps everybody in the long run.

  7. Marko says:

    You write very good articles. Greetings.

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