The great harmonies

Reinhold Niebuhr, in his book The Irony of American History, talks about happiness as harmony.

“Happiness is desired by all men and women; and moments of it are probably attained by most men and women,” Niebuhr writes. “Only moments of it can be attained because happiness is the inner concomitant of the neat harmonies of body, spirit and society; and these great harmonies are bound to be infrequent.”

(I added “and women” when Niebuhr wrote only “men.”)

I am going to seek harmony instead of happiness. It seems to me to be a better goal.


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