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26 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2007 05:49PM

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Comment author: pdf23ds 28 March 2007 09:37:13PM 0 points [-]

Hal, I wasn't under the impression that tsuyoku naritai was about the pursuit of happiness or satisfaction. On the contrary, it seems to involve some self-abnegation, in that you're sacrificing contentment for accomplishment, trading in mediocrity at the cost of self-criticism. I think this is more about honor and perfectionism than happiness. Both of the former seem to be less fashionable nowadays, but that doesn't mean some people can't put them before happiness.