"All Men Desire Happiness" Can Be Confusing
Here’s the problem. Happiness (I’m not distinguishing it from joy) is an experience of the soul, something outside of me to be desired. So to desire happiness is not the same as desiring a cheese biscuit at Red Lobster, nor the same as desiring forgiveness for my sins. The biscuit and the forgiveness are desired because they make me happy (yes, yes, vastly different degrees of happiness). But happiness is not desired because it makes me happy. It is my happiness.
You see the problem. Happiness, and things that make us happy, are not in the same category. But we can speak of desiring both. And it can be confusing.
When I say I desire happiness, I mean, “I want to be…