SCHOPENHAUER’S ADVICE ON HAPPINESS. Both my mother and father used to use “Schopenhauer” to make reference to gloominess. Consequently, I have never had any desire to read about Schopenhauer. Now, I see in this review by Andrew Stark in the Wall Street Journal (April 12) of John Kay’s new book OBLIQUITY some advice from Schopenhauer that I think is insightful. Kay’s book argues that businesses will maximize profits by not directly seeking to maximize profits. Employees and customers need to feel that the business is concerned about their interests. Schopenhauer makes a similar argument against pursuing happiness directly. As Stark puts it: “As you pursue your quest, you experience the frustration of unfulfilled desire and the anxiety of not knowing whether you will succeed.”

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