And those are that : I exist. I want to be happy. Happiness is a choice. Everything else is guesswork. All that I experience is in my reality, everything that I hear, see, smell, taste, and feel, is, for all I know, only my doing. I only have proof that I am a self-aware being, because I can say that “I exist” and mean it, and to be able to say that and mean it is the greatest mystery and the greatest miracle I’ve ever known. Whether you who reads this, exists, is impossible for me to know. My reality can be nothing more than a little day dream, the constraints of time and space and physical laws self-imposed.
As to the second thing I know for certain: I know that whatever I do, the underlying goal is to be happy. What else drives us to do something? Even acts of altruism are done because we feel either a sense of duty or love, and that feeling drives us to satisfy that feeling, ultimately improving our happiness.
As for the third thing I know for certain: If, as far as I’m concerned, all of reality as I know it, EXISTS because I know it, then any perspective is really no more valid than a different one. This means I have the freedom to choose which perspective I yield. Therefore, I have the ability to choose whether I am happy or not.
So what does this all mean? Well, it means that this reality is just as much real and just as much illusory as any other one. It means that I am dreaming, for how is this reality any more or less valid than a dream? Both are different experiences of consciousness. It means that I can choose to be happy, and live a life the way I feel like it, because reality is a mystery. Does it mean I should search for the truth? Well, if I’m happy, should I be motivated to? I think yes. I think that I’m going to choose to be happy, and I’m going to explore my own consciousness because that’s all that I know for sure exists. It means that life is a playground. It DOESN’T mean that violence or cruelty is permitted, because for all I know, there are other conscious beings. Besides, treatment of others is a reflection of inner reality, if I choose happiness, being mean won’t happen anyway. However, if you who reads this has a consciousness as well, then for all you know, this post is a projection of one of your thoughts. For all you know, you created this post, just like you create as scene in your dreams, just so you could consider this possibility.
Nice! Makes me think, though, that being able to control your life and direct it towards happiness could be much like learning to lucid dream. And for some that takes introspection, remembrance, and recording of thoughts and what is happening. Very trippy!
@collinsj2009, As far as I’m concerned, the meaning of the word happy is that state of being that I, and if other conscious beings exist, we, strive for. It is that state that we act in order to achieve. But of course, words are just words, the meaning may vary between individuals. However, based on the meaning I’ve put behind these words, these words sufficiently describe what I mean by “happy.” Whether they do the same for you, is out of my control, because for all I know, you’re just a “dream character” of mine, and for all you know, I’m just a “dream character” of yours.
I want to make a diffference in other peoples lives…I don’t care if it makes me happy or not…I want to interfere with the prevalence of personal pain and suffering put on a person usually by the words and actions of others…not to make anyone happy, but just to be “alright”…so not so much important to me what I want, but what I don’t want…
@substratum, The underlying goal of any other goal is some sort of happiness. Even charity work is done because you feel like you are serving the greater good, which in turn makes you feel happy for accomplishing what you believe you must accomplish. This is my opinion, at least. In the Dalai Lama’s words, “Happiness is the purpose to life.” :) happy existing!
@substratum, “I want to make a diffference in other peoples lives…I don’t care if it makes me happy or not” Just to clarify a bit more on what I mean, by saying you “want” to make a difference in peoples lives, you are saying there is something that you strive to accomplish. This implies a sense of accomplishMENT or basically, a “good” feeling in return. Ask yourself “why?” you want to do that, each time you come up with an answer, continue asking why, and I believe the final answer to “why?” will be ” It will make me happy,” or something along those lines. Here is a scenario excerpted from a manuscript I am currently writing:
” Keep asking yourself that question. Why? Why do you want that new television? Because then you and your family can gather ‘round the tv for movie night. Why do you want this family movie night? Because then the family can bond and become closer? Why do you want the family to bond and become closer? Well because we enjoy spending time together, we love eachother. Why do you want to spend time with the people you love? Because doing that makes me happy. Why do you want to do something that makes you happy? Well, no reason, I just want to be happy, I guess.”
@drallarnnat, “The underlying goal of any other goal is some sort of happiness”
can you not take your deductive reasoning a step further, and instead of concluding that people do the things they do to be happy, maybe conclude that people just want to exist? I’d side more with @substratum on this one, when he says “I want to interfere with the prevalence of personal pain and suffering…not to make anyone happy, but just to be “alright””
This may just be my opinion, but I would rather be unhappy and exist, than to stop existing the moment I am no longer happy. Because we all know that life is not all sunshine and rainbows. Suffering happens. And you’ll suffer more if your sole purpose for doing things is to be happy.
@drallarnnat @gimmesomesalt, …I know I always believed “I just want to be happy”…but not too long ago I had the realization that a state of happiness is really nothing much…what does it mean,more importantly, what does it “prompt” or motivate or compell to action…again, nothing much, if anything, except perhaps seeking more of the same…more of what makes me happy…”very big fucking deal”…. Happiness is mostly a state of contentment and self-satisfaction…which is to say, mostly a state of ignorance and emotional sleep. Happiness could be described as a state where nothing matters except how you feel…I’d rather do without and feel what does matter to me…most of which feels painful…including the quality of love that “matters”…not “baby” love, real love.
Maybe this is all semantics…like so many of these discussions…I feel like the terms are too vague and meaningless…honestly, the word “happy” has suddenly turned into “mush” for me…
According to Bashar, there are 4 capital L Laws of the Universe.
1. You exist. – Nothing you can do about it.
2. The All is One. The One is All.
3. What you put out is what you get back.
4. Everything changes, except the first 3 Laws.
Take from that what you want.
Nobody knows shit. Convince yourselves otherwise at your own risk.
@gimmesomesalt, How can you say you would rather exist as opposed to not? If you didn’t exist, you’d feel no pain or longing for existence; you wouldn’t be there to feel it. You cannot compare a state of non-existence to a state of existence and choose one, when you yourself only know and understand one of these states.
Also, saying that being do not want to be happy, but just to exist, is correct, but it is taking the reasoning a step in the opposite direction, for the reason they want to exist is for a feeling of existence and permanence, because that will lead them to a feeling of contentment and/or emotional well-being of some sort.
@substratum, I like the viewpoint you offer here, but I can’t say that I fully agree with you still. I’ll give one last crack at trying to show this logic, but yes, it seems as though it is becoming semantics; these subjects are hard to discuss with words due to the “meaninglessness” of them. Without further ado:
When you say that “I’d rather do without and feel what does matter to me,” you are implying, by saying you’d rather do one thing over another, a state of mind that agrees with my logic that happiness is what we all ultimately want. If you were not ultimately aiming for a state of “happy” however broad or generalized the definition for that word may be, it seems reasonable that you would not care whether you took the path you’d rather take, or take the path you’d rather not, you’d be indifferent, which doesn’t make much sense considering one path, to you, is preferable over another. See what I’m getting at?
During contemplation this morning, I realized something about one of the truths I had said I knew for certain, and that was: Happiness is the ultimate goal of my life. This may be true, but I feel as if complete contentment cannot be reached until I’ve fully “awoken” or “expanded” or whatever you feel like calling it. This leads me to wonder if true happiness, true contentment, is synonymous to “knowing of the ultimate truth of reality” or “understanding it as it truly is on the most intimate level.” Maybe they have the relationship where you cannot have one without the other? Where one naturally leads to the other? As of right now, that is something I am uncertain of, anyone care to lend their opinion/ brainstorm?
@drallarnnat, Well, there are too many people out there who choose not to exist when they are no longer happy. A few who have been close to me felt they could never find happiness, and chose to end their existence instead of toughing it out. Constant sustained happiness is an unachievable goal.
I would think the closest you can get is constant sustained contentment, which probably follows an enlightenment where you find balance between your inner self and your outer self, and you no longer ask to stop suffering or to always be happy, but you just be and you feel content in doing that.
All I’m getting at is, you can complicate the matter however you’d like by assuming that for everyone else the underlying reason for anything is they just wanna be happy, but in reality we’re all just trying to get by. To exist. Yeah, we’re trying to make sense of the chaos, we’re trying to find peace in the turbulence, and most try to love and be loved. But we really just wanna keep on going. We’re hardwired to, above all else, survive.