By Bruce Barbour
Part 2 - Happiness
Happiness and Awareness
As with thought, awareness or awareness processes are not themselves happiness. To be happiness producing awareness processes need to be interpreted by the consciousness into the emotional state of happiness. The question becomes what awareness states or processes are most likely to produce happiness.
As stated in Part 1, awareness, or at least sense
awareness, is simply the input of sense data through
sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste and the pre-thought
interpretation of this raw data into shapes and colours
and types of smells, odours and sounds. You might think
there isn't much scope for happiness from this basic
information. But this is not correct because awareness
processes have huge potential for happiness. These
happiness producing awareness processes occur all the
time, it is just that they are not recognised as such. If
the various consciousness processes that are occurring are
recognised, and they are fit into the consciousness
models, then there is potential for these processes not to
be just the unconscious by-products of our consciousness
processes but they can be deliberately sought out and
enhanced to provide a reliable source of happiness.
However before this is discussed I will look at reasons behind awareness processes being a significant potential source of happiness.
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