And the pursuit of happiness

mook (@killopatra) 9 years, 10 months ago

Life. Great.

Liberty. Also great.

The pursuit of happiness. Less than great.

The commoditization of happiness is the wicked American ideal. Our children pursue unattainable images of beauty and imaginary social status. These children become adults who crave material wealth and recognition, as if these will bestow upon them happiness. How can one know what one wants if one hasnt contemplated what it is to want? Life, liberty, and happiness is the human way.

Rant dun.

March 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm
Tom (39) (@lonewanderer) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

The pursuit of happiness. Great.

There is nothing wrong with pursuing happiness, the only problem is that people have a distorted view of happiness which I believe we can blame on todays media and I guess the everyday sheeple.

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Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@ Tom, I agree!

I’ve never had to pursue happiness. It was always there, even when I was down and depressed. Gotta take out the garbage to see it.

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m with Shelby. Sure it’s easy to get brainwashed in our culture, but only if you allow it. This is why I refrain from television. I can feel their ads working on me.

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Matt (26) (@greenthinker) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Pursuit is a misnomer. Back when this was written pursuit meant “practice”.

It’s practice of happiness.

There is arguably no means of practicing happiness, you just do it. So no one can be hurt by your practicing of happiness.

Edit: source: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1918449?uid=3739808&uid=2460337855&uid=2460338175&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=83&uid=63&uid=3739256&sid=55902402343

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Anonymous (6) (@) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@shelby and @ellie , I dunno. I think some social norms of happiness are so ingrained in every day life now it would be hard to rise above it. I see it in my peers all around me; believing material possessions and money equals happiness, but not just that, they also believe its the only way to be happy too, something which saddens me immensely.
They think its all about the rat race: get a career, earn money, get a wife/husband maybe have kids, get a nice house, swish cars. that’s splashed everywhere, not just on the tv but on the radio, in magazines. and thats fine to want and achieve that, but only if you also know its not the only way to be happy. i think sometimes people chase things they don’t even truly want.

of course happiness is subjective but we get these images shoved down our necks so often that i think they can immerse themselves unconcsiously into our dreams and aspirations.

one of my favourite quotes by one of my favourite authors: (Thoreau) ‘If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.’

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Matt (6) (@vendetta) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@tdagarim I just started reading Thoreau (Walden) and I’m really enjoying his views on the necessities of life. I can tell I’m going to be incorporating a lot of his ideas.

I love finding the little things in life that make me happy. I’m just practicing being self aware and giving myself the time to figure out what really drives my happiness. All I can see in the media now-a-days is their profit-driven illusions that promote happiness through their product. T.V is less and less entertaining.

“Everything that shines ain’t always gonna be gold.”

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