What's the ultimate point to life: to be happy or to help others?

@tarachand (3895)
India
January 25, 2007 11:02am CST
Methinks it's got to be toth - if you are happy, it's easier to help others. You help others, that pleases your ego, so you are happy.
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@raveemenon (1071)
• India
25 Jan 07
I see it in a different angle. An enlightened achieves both together. If helping others is what gives you happiness where is the question of those two being different? In fact helping others is the ultimate in life and that alone is happiness. Even the doctrine 'Charity begins at home' pin points this. One live for others though the range of the term "others" may vary depending on the growth and state of the mind. For Jesus and Paramahamsa it may be the whole Universe, for majority it may be a family. But there are only few who live for themselves.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
Thanks for your response! There are many aspects to helping others, and each has its own perspective. Read Ayn Rand's books (if you haven't already) and then maybe you will have one of those perspectives. One angle: Does only giving constitute charity? For example you know that an alocholic if given money will use it only to imbibe and harm himself, not giving him money then would be charity. I have read the Bhagwat Gita as well as the Old and New Testaments and the Koran too among the major religions of the world, there are many aspects to helping others.
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• India
26 Jan 07
The term charity I used in not in the connotation of alms only.Charity is a wider concept, imbibing in it the whole gamut of service to the human kind. We need not be obsessed by any term as long as we understand and practice the concept. As for me I am a free religion man with due respect to all masters of the world.In my humble opinion they all speak of the same objective but in different languages.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
1 Feb 07
We can not often tell the reality of whether something that happens is good or bad but with time we only get the knowledge that we tried to help and feeling good about that isnt bad
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• India
26 Jan 07
Helping people makes me happy. I always try to help people no matter what the issue is and try to make them relif from their problem.it does ot matter if i am happy or sad if i can help others i will surely help them in thier needs.i dont know if it is my nature or something that i want to help people anytime and always looking for someones call.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing, keep up good work!
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@omidmao (744)
• India
25 Jan 07
both of them are important , and u r right they r related to each other
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@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
Thanks for your response!
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@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
1 Feb 07
I think first you have to love yourself before you can help others. If you love yourself then the love for others will follow automatically. That's why we have to love our children and let their selfesteem grow.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I gain my happiness from helping others I find that I am not living well if I am being Narcissistic
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@Lunerian (493)
• Sweden
1 Feb 07
I say both, since helping others is one of the better ways to happiness.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I do agree with you on that. I would go with both because when you are happy, you're more than likely to help others.