"The ultimate end of human acts
happiness in the sense of living well,
which all men desire;
all acts are but different means
chosen to arrive at it."
refers to moral or amoral actions that result in the essential value
of independent and interdependent well-being.
But how to reach it, is the question.
This article hypothesizes two possible concepts that, when combined, may give us an "answer":
Let's break it down...
without a 'you' and a 'they,'
and our self-understanding is formed
as much by others as by ourselves."
Above all, it takes a
particular type of courage to break down the very idea of the "Self"
to begin with.
A huge part of knowing
thyself is becoming intimate with these three aspects.
Becoming more aware of this dimension is becoming more aware of how you fit into your particular environment in the healthiest way.
Everything, your very
survival, is based upon the basic understanding of your health in
regards to your physical self within a physical world.
Your mind-body-soul has an independent awareness of itself and its environment that goes beyond self and environment.
This is conscious awareness.
To a large extent, how others see you is out of your hands, but you can influence how others see you through your persona(s). Others may not see you how you see yourself, but with enough practice they might come close.
Becoming more aware of this dimension is becoming more aware of yourself as a social being in relation with other social beings and how you manage your persona(s), your words, your actions, and ultimately your overall character.
Your mind-body-soul is
also interdependent upon how you relate to and perceive your overall
It's being in touch with your own existential revolt, like Camus' Sisyphus, who embraces fate and chooses to be happy despite the limits of the human condition.
in so doing, he discovers absolute freedom in amor fati...
...then knowledge of thyself, and perhaps even Eudaimonia, will not be withheld from you.
is an individual creation
that cannot be copied
from a recipe."
Hungarian psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is known for coining the flow state.
Csikszentmihalyi described flow as,
When you "know thyself," you add that to the set of "skills" in your arsenal when you show up to the canvas of your life.
Then all you have to do is be present. Be engaged. Be in love with the moment. Let go of everything you think you know, and just feel your way through it.
Simply be Creativity. It's an active meditation.
Achieving a flow state is allowing yourself to be creative in the moment.
The art that comes out does not have to be perfect; it just has to be authentic. Be present. Be genuine. Be creative.
Creativity shrinks or expands in proportion to one's perseverance.
Lose yourself in the
process and the flow state will come. And even if it doesn't, at
least you're doing something you love.
And when combined with the open-ended quest of knowing thyself, these flow states take the quest into entirely new realms of self-introspection.
In hindsight you see how knowing yourself and the creative drive to achieve flow states, were both profoundly critical in achieving Eudaimonia. Indeed.
You see how your flourishing is due to knowing who you are in the here-and-now and loving yourself enough to produce fruit forthwith. Because of this, your quality of life is immeasurably improved, suffused with aręte.
Your health and happiness
place each the other into proper perspective.
Your happiness is rounded
out, not only by knowing who you are, but by relating to it and
creating from it what you love - your own unique art.
And perhaps the best part of Eudaimonia is the existentially robust and spiritually profound ability to tap into higher wisdom in order to discern the best course to take toward living well.
Over and above who you are in the moment, transcending what the creative process can or cannot do,
You are now ready to meet Rumi, who said,