The debate "Q What makes one happy A Satisfaction." was started by
April 20, 2015, 9:12 am.
29 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 10 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
I_Voyager posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
I_Voyager posted 1 argument, Sosocratese posted 1 argument, Lane posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.
Faiza, l2lll, transfanboy, Bodaciouslady16, judge, Rhiannon09, stantinou93, denno27, sabrina, PowerPikachu, athinus, AlenaMaisel and 17 visitors agree.
I_Voyager, Sosocratese, Lane and 7 visitors disagree.
Satisfaction is simply meeting needs and wants. Satisfaction can result from the highest possible option to satisfy a person, or even from the lowest possible option. If you are tired, sleeping in a bed is a high possible option and will satisfy your desire of sleep, while sleeping on the ground is a low possible option but will still satisfy your desire for sleep. Happiness is a restriction to satisfaction. It is limited to the highest options. Most people will be happier sleeping on a bed than on the ground. That is the higher option. So this one of those situations where Satisfaction does not always make somebody happy, but Happiness is Satisfaction. Hope that makes sense.
Satisfaction is a compromised state between unmet desire and fulfilment.
If you are hungry you can satisfy your hunger by eating a bland mash or you can fulfill it by having your favorite meal. If you are going to treat happiness as an absolute value with an absolute measure that needs to be met, then surely a compromised state like satisfaction isn't the measure by which you judge happiness.
If what is inferred is that the answer to "what makes one happy" is always satisfaction, I must disagree. Satisfaction can make for happiness. So can things which aren't necessarily satisfying (resolving a perceived desire) but are instead beautiful, stimulating. Sometimes happiness can come from the deprivation of something, or from the struggle against a thing. For a moment I can be happy because I saw something beautiful, which I did not first desire to see, but upon which seeing I am gladdened and moved deeply in my heart. I can look upon a sky above me and feel happy in the knowledge that light so far away is shining upon me. I can look my dog in the eye and feel loved, which is not a satisfaction, but a wonder in that such an abstract being can exhibit such a fondness for me. During a moment of great sexual pleasure where I am not yet satisfied, because my desire is still in primacy, I experience great happiness, even as I am not yet satisfied, Perhaps satisfaction, which emerges from desire, pertains to contentedness. But happiness is a deeper and wider sense of experience than just a shot of dopamine after resolving a desire.
A Satisfaction, as in, A Priori?