A Quote by Ven Payutto on happiness, buddhism, sevice, economics, views, and progress

This begs the question: what view of life is behind modern economics? Is it a skillful or an unskillful one? At the risk of oversimplifying, let us say that the goal of modern life is to find happiness. This view is so pervasive in modern societies that it is rarely even recognized, let alone examined or questioned. The very concept of "progress" -- social, economic, scientific and political -- assumes that society's highest goal is to reach a state where everyone will be happy. The United States Declaration of Independence poetically embodies this ideal by asserting mankind's right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

While certainly a good-hearted aspiration, the view that happiness is the goal of life betrays a fundamental confusion about the truth of life. "Happiness" is never more than an ill-defined, elusive quality. Many people equate happiness with sense pleasure and the satisfaction of their desires. For these people, happiness remains a remote condition, something outside themselves, a future prize that must be pursued and captured. But happiness cannot be obtained through seeking, only through bringing about the causes and conditions which lead to it, and these are personal and mental development.

Ven Payutto

Source: Buddhist Economics: A Middle Way for the Market Place

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on one taste, experience, joke, humor, dentist, spirit, progress, soul, and holistic

Like going to the dentist, where you write: "Dental appointment today. All of the dentists in Boulder are 'holistic.' They can't fill a cavity but they're good for your soul. Your teeth rot, but apparently your spirit prospers."

Ken Wilber

Source: One Taste

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A Quote by Paul Wellstone on progress, motivation, robert kennedy, effort, and paul wellstone

“I think we can do better. That is what Robert Kennedy always said. I think we can do better too. Won't you join me in the effort?”

Paul Wellstone


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A Quote by Barack Obama on drive, determination, dedication, progress, and barack obama

If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.

Barack Obama


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A Quote by Morihei Ueshiba on progress and secrets

Progress comes
To those who
Train and train;
Reliance on secret techniques
Will get you nowhere.

Morihei Ueshiba

Source: The Art of Peace

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A Quote by Morihei Ueshiba on art, friendship, peace, progress, and students

In your training, do not be in a hurry, for it takes a minimum of ten years to master the basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing, perfected master; you must continue to train daily with your friends and students and progress together in the Art of Peace.

Morihei Ueshiba

Source: The Art of Peace

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A Quote by James Allen on achievement, progress, and sacrifice

There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice.

James Allen (1864 - 1912)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on people, progress, and world

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by Frederick Douglas on progress and struggle

Without struggle, there is no progress.

Frederick Douglas (1817? - 1895)

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A Quote by Confucius on progress

As in the case of making a mound, if, before the very last basketful, I stop, then I shall have stopped. As in the case of leveling the ground, if, though tipping only one basketful, I am going forward, then I shall be making progress.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

Source: The Analects

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