"Why, for the luckiest people who have ever been born, should happiness be a birthright? And in light of our good fortune, why should our spiritual aspirations be so focused on the pursuit of inner peace? Do we really think God created the universe so that you and I, at the beginning of the 21st century, could be happy? Is that really the ultimate purpose of this fourteen-billion-year process?”
This sounds much like my own blogpost of the 19th of April on the summum bonum.
Cohen and the other evolutionary/integral worldview champions say that their form of spirituality is the most evolved of all faiths or truth claims on earth. I find it therefore ironic that Andrew Cohen has just discovered the idea that happiness is not the highest good, as over 2000 years ago God made it clear to us that our holiness is more important to Him than our happiness. This is because happiness is conditional on endowments and conditions and can change like the weather. True joy is something far deeper and more sustainable; it comes about through a personal relationship with and commitment to follow his Son. True joy can withstand the difficult process of transformation - called sanctification - that is needed to make us complete and mature, not lacking anything.