Opposite of happiness.
There is a lot that can be said about misery and happiness
to the effect that these are all relative, in some sense, and notably: To the
person who has these feelings; to his state of
mind, state of body,
capacities, circumstances; to his place in society and culture, and so on, and
no doubt there is considerable truth in such relativizations.
Even so, it should be stressed that there also is a lot that is not or
hardly relative in such senses, and especially as regards misery, in as much
as it is quite clear about many events that might happen to any human being
that these would make him or her miserable, for example as regards the satisfaction of
bodily needs, as regards what hurts, harms or pains any human being, and also
as regards psychological needs and