A brief thought on happiness

A certain moralist (so far as I have read) deems happiness not to be a significant goal in moral conduct. Happiness may be a result of our good character, but it is NOT the end (by this I mean the desired goal) of such conduct. This seems quite interesting, and also, quite right. We do good things, we are virtuous people not because it makes us happy, but because they are right in themselves, because we are supposed to act in these ways anyway. Happiness comes through good conduct; but only accidently. We should not, nor do not act for good towards the end of happiness; that is definitionally impossible for a certain moralist.

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