“Is Happiness the Goal of Life?”
From ancient Aristotle to contemporary self-help books, many have argued that the goal of life is happiness. Leading 19th century agnostic, Robert Ingersoll, proclaimed, “Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.” Is he correct? How does this fit in with Ethical Humanism’s emphasis on social justice? Can it support our version of the golden rule, where we bring out the best in others and thus in ourselves?
Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.