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  1. I think Dmitry gave an excellent answer, in the cultural context of the quote used in the question.

    As a psychologist, I will assume that you can be happy regardless of faith in God, and regardless of the level of intelligence.

    It seems to me that being happy is a personal choice. Why wouldn't a smart person make such a choice?)

  2. One day, a young student of the philosopher Anaximenes asked him why every year he doubts more and more about what he used to say without doubts.
    Anaximenes drew two circles in the sand – a small one and a large one – and explained:
    “The little circle is what I learned when I was young. The big circle is what I know and understand today. Over the years, the range of my knowledge increases. Anything outside the circle of knowledge is ignorance. The wider the circle of knowledge, the more it comes in contact with ignorance and creates more doubts and questions.

    So it is with happiness. The more you increase your knowledge, the more difficult you make yourself in the first place. And the more complex you are, the more complex your happiness and all the accompanying sorrows are. Of course, there will be plenty of sorrows in this state of affairs, but, at the same time, happiness, and its sources will be much more colorful and heterogeneous than that of the average person.

  3. It depends on how to use your highly developed and knowledgeable mind. If you use it to make yourself happy , then you can. If you use it to increase your sadness: then no.

  4. Leo Tolstoy believed that happiness is work and continuous work on yourself and your soul. That is why true happiness is not available to everyone. Only those who make an effort can be happy, and then they will find true freedom and happiness. I understand this in such a way that we mistakenly think that happiness is about receiving, not straining, and so on, whereas real happiness is about overcoming, giving, and giving up… all this is the true freedom of the spirit. We have so many addictions, it is difficult for us to forgive, to make efforts to make others happy without looking at ourselves and without any expectations.

    Lev Nikolaevich believed that every person simply has to be happy, in the sense of working to feel happy. Being a believer, he believed that anyone who is not happy is going against God, because God wanted us to be happy on this earth. I think this is a very deep and beautiful thought, although I do not consider myself a believer.

    Therefore, I strongly disagree with the statement in the question. Acquiring knowledge is hard work, it is a test that makes us better, that frees us from addictions. The more knowledge and wisdom a person has, the more he should be happy, but the more difficult it is for him to come to the realization of this happiness.

    “I want and hope to express quite simply and clearly that life is not at all the confusion and suffering that we imagine under this word, but something very simple, clear, easy and always joyful.”

    “A person must be happy. If he is unhappy, then he is to blame. And he is obliged to work on himself until he removes this inconvenience or misunderstanding.”

    “A person should always be happy, if happiness ends, look where he made a mistake.”

    “To be happy, you need to constantly strive for this happiness and understand it. It depends not on the circumstances, but on itself.”

  5. It seems to me that no one has answered this question. Looking at myself, I can confirm the assumption that with spiritual development, just knowledge… sadness also comes, because every day you start to understand the world more and more, the true essence of things, usually this is the bitter truth, which is upsetting. I do not consider myself so highly intellectually developed, rather even stupid, compared to some with here, but with the answer I am more or less sure. More knowledge means more sadness. In part, Martin Eden can be cited as an example.

  6. A person's happiness depends on himself, on what he considers happiness for himself. if intellectual work is happiness for him, he will be happy learning something new, analyzing and discussing. If for him happiness is in relationships with people-he will look for warmth, if happiness is in material things – then in abundance, and all this does not depend on the level of intelligence.

  7. In the question, you refer to an expression that we find in the Bible-Ecclesiastes 1: 18. But the author does not finish his thoughts on happiness here. On the contrary, he continues them further and in the next chapter says:”Nor is it in the power of man to eat and drink, and to delight his soul in his labor. I saw that this also was from the hand of God; for who can eat and who can enjoy without Him?“And he concludes his book with these words:”Let us hear the substance of all this: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is all for man; for God will bring every work into judgment, and every secret thing, whether it be good or bad.”

    So you can be happy regardless of the strength of your intelligence. The main thing is to find peace with God.

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