Today’s word is perfect for the start of the new year and a new you, and based on yesterday’s post wherein I enumerated all my failures in 2012, this may be the word to live by in 2013.
Eudemonics – n. (not to be confused, if said quickly, with ebonics or demonic) 1. The theory or art of happiness. 2. The practice of eudemonism.
I love when the dictionary gives you a word and then includes the word or a form of it in the definition. Um, that’s not helpful, Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. You will never find that here at One Funny Motha.
Eudemonism - n. The doctrine that the basis of moral obligations is to be found in the tendency of right actions to produce happiness.
Used in a sentence: “Now, Billy, do you think drawing in permanent magic marker all over Mommy’s wall was the eudemonistic thing to do? Noooo, it wasn’t. Where are we supposed to draw? That’s right. On paper. I was practicing eudemonics today, but this wall has made Mommy very, very unhappy.”
My goal, at least on Wednesdays, is to provide the internets with and define all the words currently underutilized in the English Language so that they may spread out over the land once again and flourish. Go, words, go and educate.
Unfortunately, the dictionary doesn’t cover exactly how we can make this word work for us. I mean theory is nice and all, but I need some cold, hard strategy. You think I haven’t been trying to be eudemonic, Webster? You think the world hasn’t been trying?
Oh, you sit there with your fancy words and think you’re so superior, don’t you? You think you know everything. But I think you need to ask yourself something. Are you truly happy with the kinds of definitions you’re providing. Are you? Where’s the basis of your moral beliefs now? Think about that before you go cramming your eudemonics down everyone’s throat.
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