Strong on pleasure but weak on joy

We live in a society that is strong on pleasure but weak on joy. We are blessed with so many opportunities for entertainment and personal fulfilment. No previous generation was so protected from want and disease. We are more highly educated and enjoy a degree of comfort in life that, in the past, was unknown even to the wealthy. Yet whether we are significantly happier than our forebears is very doubtful. We all agree that happiness is the great goal to which we aspire. The problem is where to find it. Speaking of this. C.S Lewis said that ‘Joy is the business of heaven.’ In other words, it is, essentially, a thing of the spirit. It comes from God. Nothing expresses it better than the words of the Psalm that says: ‘Look to him – to God – and you’ll be radiant.’

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