What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life
What people want are worthwhile lives and not necessarily happy ones. "When I teach my class, the only thing students tend to know about the Aztecs is that they engaged in human sacrifice. But before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the Aztecs had a philosophically rich culture, with people they called 'philosophers', and their specious counterparts the 'sophists'." Sebastian Purcell studies the Aztecs in Aeon magazine.