Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happiness

Happiness... Happiness is a word for a feeling. Feelings are rarely understood in the moment. They are quickly forgotten and almost always misremembered... and besides, feelings are totally full of shit.


Happiness is a characteristic of our American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to 'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to 'be happy.' On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy, according to recent research. Ironically, it is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.

Nearly a quarter of all Americans do not have a sense of what make their lives meaningful. Most importantly from a social perspective, the pursuit of happiness is associated with selfish behavior... being, as mentioned, a "taker" rather than a "giver."

Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided. I suppose by that logic, I should be exuberantly happy. If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.

This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to their existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the why for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any how.




Thursday, June 12, 2014

What is lost

I know it may be a lost notion, but love is passion...obsession; someone you simply cannot live without. How do you find them? Well, you forget your head and listen to your heart. You become swept away. The truth is, there is no sense in living a life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven't lived a life at all. But one must try... because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived.