“Progress does not mean advancing in a direction that satisfies only our own desires in a self-centered struggle. Rather, what we aim for with progress is growth toward God, the Infinite and Eternal.”Personal happiness is the happiness sought by the individual and it is the happiness known as “Enlightenment.” Meanwhile, public happiness means increasing the number of people who can say, “I am happy” and transforming this earth into Utopia. It is important not to stop at our own small individual happiness but to expand the circle of happiness to those around us. The soul’s happiness becomes even more intense when it is shared with many people.
From the book: The Philosophy of Progress