“There’s no such thing as a bad day
when you have a door knob
on the inside of the door.”
Happiness is a choice?
Happiness doesn’t exist.
You all waste your time trying to obtain it, thinking “it” is something at all.
The path to peace is a lonely road.
You can have fun, or you can have peace.
The price of truth is everything.
Happiness is like an orgasm:
if you think about it too much, it goes away. Keep busy and aim to make someone else happy, and you might find you get some as a side effect. We didn’t evolve to be constantly content. Contented Australophithecus Afarensis got eaten before passing on their genes.
What exactly is happiness to you? Nothing?
I believe it to be a certain feeling, state of mind, attitude. Everyone has their own idea of what happiness is. The very fact that we are all referring to something called happiness means that it (defined subjectively) exists in some shape or form. Even if it’s simply an idea. Yeah, happiness may not be like a little object one can hold and sit on a shelf for later. Perhaps it’s like a cold breeze. In some places it passes through often, while in others it’s rare. Some people may notice it immediately, while others won’t. You can’t quite grasp it or define it’s space, but you know when it’s there.
“The path to peace is a lonely road.”
There is no predetermined, objective path. The path is whatever you make it out to be.
“You can have fun, or you can have peace.”
Why not both? We each, potentially, have fun and gain peace in different ways.
@cosmicd46, I don’t bother myself with happiness.
I understand that others have slaved themselves to the pursuit of it in much the same way that sheep have slaved themselves to their respective shephard.
The nature of truth remains independent of our assumptions about it.
There’s no emotion to be had in peace; it is the absolute contentment with the way things are, not the way we would like for them to be.
These are my beliefs.
Perhaps others feel that chasing happiness is their purpose. I don’t know. Each to their own. Anyhow, for me happiness is something that comes and goes naturally.
“The nature of truth remains independent of our assumptions about it.”
Of course. Our subjective view of something doesn’t change the objective nature of it. But can an objective view ever really be obtained? As soon as we start to consider something it’s subjected to biases and the foundations of our unique personalities, not to mention our limited store of knowledge and experiences.
“There’s no emotion to be had in peace”
As humans, I don’t think we can ever be devoid of emotion. We can control them, ignore them, but not rid ourselves of them. Or do you mean that for you peace is a state of emotional neutrality?
“These are my beliefs.”
Hey, and I just want to understand. Mental exercise.
@cosmicd46, If you adhere to happiness, you adhere to it’s absence, and I can’t imagine that to be a pleasurable thing.
An objective view can be obtained when all subjective views have been rendered meaningless, yes.
We may not be able to rid our emotions from our mind, but certainly from our heart, we can. What is a feeling but an articulated instinct? It boils down to semantics, which is pretty pointless at its base, in my opinion. Humans do not come packaged with attributes.
I appreciate your insights and your reflections of my own.