In the article on the “Four Levels of Happiness” (on this landing page), we indicated that one of the levels of happiness would become dominant in our lives.
When it does, it takes on greater significance over the course of time and eventually, it becomes our meaning or purpose in life. If we live for this purpose long enough, it becomes our identity—it becomes us.
It is almost impossible to avoid making one of these levels of happiness dominant because in various situations the levels of happiness will conflict with one another, and when they do, we have to make the decision—we have to choose one over the other.
Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order (Society of Jesus) and is currently the President of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center. He has made many TV appearances including: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in “God and The Universe,” a multiple part PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and the Hugh Hewitt Show. Currently appearing weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe“.