Obsession with happiness?

AFZC (@hunterqcap) 8 years, 10 months ago

Why is it that the majority of people I interact with, online and off, try so hard to avoid any sort of sad feelings whatsoever? It’s like we’re lesser creature for experiencing this and we all want to just pop Zoloft and never have a bad or unhappy thought ever again. Are we really that apathetic these days as to just shut everything else out, detach from reality, and chase the ultimate high forever? I’m talking with a friend right now and he’s complaining that he didn’t feel very happy today. Well, so what? Am I alone here or have others seen this?

February 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm
Liam (1) (@ldonohue33) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Have you by any chance read “Brave New World”

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Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@hunterqcap, Umm… That’s why we have a thing called “Private” time. You just can’t be leaking pussy juice everywhere, it’s disheartening. Societal standards would be it. Just be thankful you can spot fake from real.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@hunterqcap, We all just want to enjoy life, which is one hell of a shit fight with the state of the world as it is. Ideally we could have this world where we have what we need to survive and enjoy life with minimized and equally collborated work effort required, but people get in their heads that they need material excess, extravogance and luxury to enjoy life, so it means we all have to work harder, and by association enjoy life less, to attain these demanded indulgences.
Then we all want the indulgences that the higher class has and expect that will give us enjoyment, so we are willing in busting our humps in a vain attempt to reach that in a system set up specifically to deny you it.
In the mean time we are void of this enjoyment we seek, because we are busting our humps constantly and we don’t have those illusory enjoyments we think are so great, we are miserable so we pump artificial enjoyments into ourselves, poison and lame material possessions, just to dull that yearning for an enjoyment that doesn’t exist.
We only believe it is there because we seen some rich guy on T.V who definitely seemed like he was enjoying himself.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

All in all, enjoyment is a state of mind that is free and relatively easy to attain, like just about any idea. Things like freedom and control are states of mind, you sometimes see this in political prisoners, they have absolutely no physical freedom, they are slaves and horribly treated, but they have this will fueled by principle and it is that will that the oppressor seeks to break.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KagHQ34Ay4

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@hunterqcap, I don’t think seeking happiness is a bad thing. We get, as near as we can tell, one existence and no second chances, so it makes sense that we’d like the majority of that time to be happy. Happiness is usually the result of living our lives in tune with our desires, so I’d say this is a good thing.

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