The quote above is from the classic book, The Confessions of St. Augustine. An excellent and insightful book where Augustine takes us through his intellectual, spiritual and psychological journey of self-knowledge and the knowledge of God. There are two important ideas on happiness which I have been reflecting on from Augustine’s thought.

Firstly, people want to rejoice and delight, or find happiness in what is true and not what is false. I was watching the movie Inception the other day, which explores all these themes about reality, fantasy, dreams and the subconscious. There is a place or business of sorts where people go to dream, and in these dreams they basically live out the kinds of life they want, having anything and everything they desire; they end up with the kind of life that in reality they cannot obtain. What ends up happening is that the dreams becomes their…

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