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In the article Is Everybody Happy written by John Ciardi the author sorts through different possibilities of what constitutes a happy man He neither agrees with the American outlook of buying your way to happiness nor does he agree with the holy man of Indias ideal of spiritual extreme as a means for happiness The author believes that becoming a better person or overcoming challenges is the root to partial happiness In the third paragraph the author discussed causes for unhappiness Forces of American commercialism are hugely dedicated to making us deliberately unhappy He explains that the advertising industry a major force in American society forces man to want more and need more It brings the person to the realization that he has only a small percentage of what is really available It forces man to spend outrageously above his budget at an enormous pace The author also writes about the fiction in advertisement as he quotes Bernard DeVoto Advertising begins as poetry in the front pages and ends as pharmacopoeia and therapy in the back pages He further describes how magazines attempt to persuade their readers of the possibility and dream of perfect beauty by the pictures and articles displayed in the front while the advertisements in the back display the drugs and therapy need to obtain such beauty 2 The author then explores opposite extreme as a means to obtaining happiness He writes about the holy man of India who sits immobile rapt in contemplation He disconnects himself from the physical world He eats only if food is brought to him The holy man finds joy in self-discipline The author disagrees with this form as well He terms it an illusion and even stronger that such a life is a life of torture to any Western man
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