Do you ever wonder why you seem to have a predetermined sense of what you want in life? Have you ever wondered if someone else thinks the same thing? Research shows that throughout the ages people have been studied to see what makes them think the way they do and act the way they do, and one philosopher’s ideas pop up over and over again. In his own time, Aristotle delved into the relationship between what we instinctively want versus what we rationally want and helped design a balance of life in Nicomachean Ethics. This idea of balance reoccurred again in 1830 with the restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and helps the members of the church to balance their faith and their daily lives. The most recent reoccurrence has been in the last 40 years with the creation of Star Wars by filmmaker George Lucas, who instilled a devotion of balance within the Force to his Jedi characters. Taking into account the varying occurrences of this idea, we tread into the whys and how’s of its occurrence and then consider its influence on the way we think and behave. Eventually we will learn that we all want the same thing: happiness.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2015


Nathan Jasinski

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Mathematics and Statistics