|Plato's Thoughts On Fulfillment
"The happiest man, then, is the one who doesn't have evil in his soul, now that this has been shown to be the most serious kind of evil." Plato connects happiness with love. The lover of good aims his love at the pursuit of good, which is oriented towards happiness, which requires no further explanation, therefore "the inquiry is at an end; there is no need to ask the further question 'Why does a man desire to be happy?'" Plato tells us that his view of love, is the love for knowledge, and that all other loves are not true love, they are desires and are more bad than that of good. He also says that love "is richly endowed with self-control. Everyone admits that self-control is mastery over pleasures and desires, and that no pleasure is stronger than Love." Plato believes that if happiness is to achieved, we must pursue knowledge.