#. Intro (15):
Freedom makes us happy? What is the relationship between our possibility to choose from different options and our real wellness? The question is only apparently a rhetorical one.
It is a fact that, from the little things of our daily shopping to the big choice of everybody’s life, every single choice bring us to the deeper substance of our nature: not only determine we – continuously – what we are (and will be), through the choices we make, but – even more – it is properly in our freedom to decide how to act that a significant part of western philosophers have identified the ultimate essence of the human being.
Nevertheless, the question is still there: is this freedom our door to happiness? Or shall we admit that it drives us necessarily to a state of permanent unsatisfaction and, therefore, to an unavoidable unhappiness?
It is easy to imagine how, answering this question in one way or another, will directly influence every ethical and political consideration.
What do you think about? Why?
2. The more choice we have, the happier we are (20)
3. Discussion (brainstorming, focus groups, open debate…). (<10)
try to answer for example to this questions:
– What is the main idea suggested by Mr Gladwell?
– What does the Moskowitz’s story teach us about human nature?
– In which other contexts could we apply this vision? make a few examples…
– Is it always a matter of choice?
– Are there limits to this approach?
– What about the consequences of this vision… in politics… in ethics?
– Do you remember any of the philosophers you’ve studied who may help us?
4. Everybody needs a fishbowl: freedom makes us dissatisfied.
5.To deep and follow:
6. What’s your opinion?
– Please, write a short essay about one of the issues connected with this lesson: what’s the relation between freedom and happiness? what does it mean “to choose”? how do we make hard choices? are we truly free to choose? who can (and how can) influence our choices?
– …and/or try to defend the one or the other option (choice make us happy or choice make us unsatisfied and frustrated) arguing against your interlocutor’s reasons.
– remember: there are lots of ways to communicate: writings, videos, songs, poems, graphic novels, cartoons, paintings, …..
– be creative! and try to convince your audience!
– don’t forget to choose an appropriate title.
– post your essay as a comment on this page.
– read the opinions of your classmates, and think about them.
– Eventually, post your answer.