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Glück kommt nicht aus sich selbst heraus, sondern ist etwas, dass von aussen kommt. Wir sind deshalb auch nicht dafür verantwortlich, ob wir glücklich sind oder nicht, sondern es wird bedingt durch eine höhere Macht wie Zufall, Evolution oder auch Recht und Ordnung, eine gute Regierung, großes Erbe, gute Nachbarn, liebende Partner, gelungene Nachkommen oder nur dem Bäcker. Auf jeden Fall sind wir niemals selbst für unser Glück verantwortlich.



In German the word "Glück" has two distinct meanings. In English they are usually expressed by two different words, "Happiness" and "Luck".


This is the easier explanation because it can be traced to the same etymological root. Luck is something that happens to people, in general out of pure chance.


Happiness is different to luck in that it defines a state of being. In German this could be achieved by adding the affix "-lich" to "Glück" to form the word "Glücklich". But the German "Glücklich" can also refer to "experiencing luck".


Interestingly the English word happiness can be traced back etymologicall to the Middle English word "hap" which means "chance" and goes right back to the same semantic origion as the word luck.



The German word "Glückseligkeit" is made up of "Glück" (as in happiness) and "Seligkeit"

"Seligkeit" comes from the Indo-German "salin" which means "Glück" or "Heil". This term is used in several cultures to describe a state of redemption or salvation which for humans in general is only achievable after death. In the Christian catholic church "Selig" is a pre-stage of being "Heilig" holy / being a saint.

So from this analytical perspective "Glückseligkeit" seems to be an amplification of "Glück" in the context of happiness and Bliss.