At our discussion group we had a very presentation about Lincoln. Our presenter is very impressed with Lincoln, seeing him as a model for certain kinds of virtues, even while disagreeing with some of his decisions. In some ways, certainly, Lincoln had an unhappy life. But he seemed to retain a kind of serenity.
So the question comes up, even if you're not a Lincoln fan: assuming people should try to be happy, what sort of happiness should they strive for?
Many people derive enjoyment
from very difficult forms of employment.