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The Good Life:

Human
wellbeing

The Good Life in a Technological Age


Introduction
Modern technology has changed the way we live,
work, play, communicate, fight, love, and die. Yet
few works have systematically explored these
changes in light of their implications for individual
and social welfare. How can we conceptualize and
evaluate the influence of technology on human
well-being?
WHAT IS THE GOOD LIFE?
A PUZZLING PROBLEM
– People want to be healthy but many consume
junk food.
– People want to be happy but many do things that
make themselves miserable.
– Most things that taste good are probably bad for
you.
– Most things that give you a thrill are probably bad
for you too.
The good life is a term that refers to a (desirable)
state that is primarily characterized by a high
standard of living or the adherence to ethical and
moral laws.
In its two different expressions, living the good life can
be either expressed through:
 an abundant/luxurious lifestyle full of material
belongings or
 the attempt to live life in accordance with the ethical,
moral, legal and religious laws of one’s country or
culture.
As such, the term can both be understood as the quest
for wealth, material possessions or luxuries and the
quest to create a worthwhile, honest and meaningful
existence.
What exactly is the good life
and what contributes to living a
good life?
According to Aristotle, happiness is goodness or
virtue. If a person has cultivated the virtue of
followings:
1. PRUDENCE
2. JUSTICE
3. FURTITUDE
4. TEMPERANCE
Such a person is good. And good person is a
happy person.
PRUDENCE – is the ability to be cautions in
making decisions.
 It helps us weigh the consequences of an
action or decision before they happen.
JUSTICE - the moral principle determining just
conduct.
THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE

The pursuit of the good life has ended in


misery and self-destruction for many people.
WHAT IS THE COMMON
CAUSE?

They make personal happiness and success their


ultimate end of life without a moral compass
and without the desire to pursue inner
goodness.
ADVANTAGES OF
THE MEANING PURSUIT

– Avoids the pitfalls of self-centered pursuit of


happiness and success.
– Sustains us between the highs of inspiration and
the lows of despair.
– Happiness and flourishing will sneak in through
the back door.
– Ability to transform adversities into opportunities
for personal growth.
THE GOOD LIFE IS A
VIRTUOUS LIFE
– A meaningful, authentic good life is based on inner
goodness.
– “The end of life is eudaimonia.”—Aristotle
– Eudaimonia means well-being, virtue and human
flourishing.
– To live the good life is to become what we ought to
be as human beings—moral agents who strive for
moral excellence.
THE GOOD LIFE IS A
SPIRITUAL LIFE
– The adaptive advantages of religion and believing in
God.
– A moral compass and answers to the big questions.
– Belief in an Ultimate Rescuer.
– Hope beyond the grave.
– Significance in mundane activities.
– A meaning-mindset is a faith-filled perspective.
SOURCES OF MEANING
FOR THE GOOD LIFE

– Wong’s implicit theory research.


– Achievement, religion/spirituality, positive affect,
relationships, self-transcendence, intimacy, self-
acceptance, fair treatment.
– Basic needs for mental health and flourishing.
By the words of Bill Gates: “Technology is
just a tool. It’s a powerful tool, but it’s just a
tool. Deep human connection is very
different. It’s not a tool. It’s not a means to
an end. It is the end — the purpose and the
result of a meaningful life, and it will
inspire the most amazing acts of love,
generosity, and humanity.”
– We should look at how technology can
help us achieve our dreams and goals,
and then look at technology not as the
goal, but rather a supporting tool we
need to achieve our goal.
A good life is not the use of more
and more technology. People
always remain the primary focus of
any technology decisions we make for
ourselves or others! Technology is just
a means of convenience and
productivity, It’s just a time saver, It’s
not the purpose, not the goal, it’s a
tool.
Technology can be more than an
automation tool, technology can be
more than an aid to time saving and
convenience; Technology can have a
direct influence on the nature of
happiness and well-being
itself. Technology can augment the
human intelligence, judgment,
worldview and perception. It is a force
that the human science community
cannot afford to ignore.
Human sciences should apply what
we know about human thinking,
feeling and behavior to help
businesses design technologies:
products, systems and devices to
enhance quality of humanity, our
perception of our reality, ethics, and
morals.
A BALANCED MODEL OF THE
GOOD LIFE
Religion/
Spirituality

Achievement Acceptance

Intimacy Relationship Positive Emotion and Well-


being

Self-transcendence Fairness

Situational and Cultural


Context
Summary
Quality of life will not be improved by
more and more technology as a means
of convenience, the only mean to
improve the quality of life, is coming
back to our essence of existence: our
True Self and our True Relationships,
by combining technology and humanity
to improve our own worldview and our
interaction to others’ worldview.

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