Source: p 110-111 Top. Happiness: A Very Short Introduction (1 ed 2013) by Daniel M. Haybron.
Here, though, I am interested in the way we evaluate lives as they are lived, or when looking back on them. The question is, when are we justified in affirming, or being satisfied with, our lives? As the last two chapters explained, there seem to be at least two fundamental parts to a good life: whether your life is good for you, and whether the way you lead it is good. Well-being, and virtue.
We saw in Chapter 3 that it may not be very important whether you are actually satisfied with your life. But here the question is
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whether you have reason to be satisfied with your life. Whether you could reasonably take such an attitude. [1.] This is a question about how your life measures up, not your state of mind. [2.] And that could be important even if it doesn't matter so much whether you actually do have the attitude. [End of 2.]
What is 1 true? Why does not your 'state of mind' pertain?
Why is 2 true?