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Does being happy make us good, or being good make us happy?

Bertrand Russell was emphatically of the opinion that being happy makes us good, and equally emphatic that certain conceptions of what it is to be good make people miserable. It is tempting to agree with both views, though they need qualification, for assuredly being happy is far more likely to make us good than if we are unhappy, and strict puritanism has certainly made plenty of people unhappy.

But there are no guarantees in either direction. The feckless roustabout might be happy but not good; the rigidly orthodox…

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