This is a spinoff of the "connection between non-orgasmic sex and Buddhism".
Title of post:The quest for spiritual virtues and happiness are the same
"Nirvana isn't up or down the ladder. It is where you are. It is always present."
Nirvana isn't a place, it's a state of mind, a state of being. It is the end result of understanding the world, which coincides with happiness.
"For arguments sake, let's maintain that intoxication and happiness are different. But perhaps we've become intoxicated with our quest for happiness."
Well, first off, intoxication and happiness is definitely not the same. Have we become intoxicated with our quest for happiness? I really can't answer that. I do not feel intoxicated when I think or do things that will make me happier.
"Happiness needs no quest as it is present now. If happiness were elsewhere, how could one make the choice to be happy? "
The choice to be happy is actually a choice to pursue happiness. Happiness is potentially present in every moment, but to feel it, you have to go through a development that makes you see and understand the world in a certain way.
"What purpose would happiness serve for you? Does it serve you or your mind? Does it enhance you or your perceptions of you?"
There are no higher purposes. Everything else takes second place to happiness. Why would you want anything else than happiness? I can't think of anything that I would want more.
Happiness goes hand in hand with all the values you mention. You can't be happy without them. So the quest for spiritual virtues is the same as the quest for happiness.