Happiness Lessons From the Godfather
It also illustrates some very important Happiness Habits, most importantly, the Dangers of Departing from Goodness.
In the beginning of Part I, young Michael Corleone is happy, idealistic and moral. He comes home from WWII as a hero. He wants to stay clean and clear of the family “business.”
He stayed happy and clean until his father’s life and “business” were threatened. He changed direction and killed two people.
As the trilogy continues, Michael is drawn deeper and deeper into violence, criminal dominance, alienation from goodness and separation from his family.
When the Godfather Part III ends, Michael is alone. He has it all financially, but nothing spiritually or emotionally. He has lost his family, his loved ones and himself. He is empty and desolate.
He has supreme success in a life of crime. In time, a rival may kill him and end his misery. What does he have to live for? To look forward to? To strive for?
Don’t Depart From Goodness
Make Goodness Your Guiding Goal
Always Try To Do Your Best, Be Your Best, Follow The Best Path You Know
No matter how things turn out, you know you did your best and you could do no more. You are blameless and your conscience will be clear. A clear conscience is central to all happiness and spiritual success.