Economic and Theological Impossibility of Joy

By Tomas Sedlacek, published in Yale Center for Faith $ Culture in 06-09-2014

Joy is a curious state, if it can be called a state at all (and not rather a process – we seem to notice changes in our utility but not the state of utility itself, furthermore research shows that there is asymmetry, we seem to notice loss more painfully than gain). Joy seems to come from comparison – either when an increase in joy happens or when we remind ourselves of others – joy seems to be comparative (either self- or other-).