Dogged pursuit.

May 13, 2008

I have been thinking long and hard about this happiness stuff. You know: Nirvana, now is now, the past and future are illusory, staying in the moment, not attaching to thought, etc. etc. All the new age guru holy book bullshit.

I guess what I’m trying to get at it is… aren’t conflict, and friction, and dissent, and anger even, a necessary part of growth, intellectually and spiritually? If we truly lived in a Utopian society, and everyone really WERE holding hands and singing Kum Ba Yah, wouldn’t that be really boring and non-stimulating? Endless praise and adoration and no disagreements? I really started thinking about it (with, in the spirit of full disclosure, the help of the writing of Christopher Hitchens) and you know what? I’m starting to think that the contrast is absolutely necessary – light and dark, male and female, yin and yang, you get the picture. I think the founding fathers had it right – the PURSUIT of happiness. Do we ever really have it? If we do, it seems, it is at the end of a long, arduous struggle, at the end of which is a reward as sweet as the journey was long. If there WERE no such struggle, such angst, would we even “know” what happiness is? This same doubting of consensus and sameness has been haunting me for sometime now – maybe even moved me to start this crazy blog business. Perhaps suffering is essential, not just in a philosophical sense, but in a practical sense – but to give us the yardstick by which to measure it’s opposite.


One Response to “Dogged pursuit.”

  1. Mardé Says:

    Thanks for the thoughtful post. I’m with you all the way except where you say “at the end of which is a reward as sweet as the journey was long.” Is there a reward at the end? Would be nice, that’s for sure. But better not count on it! I think it is all in the PURSUIT of happiness. Yes, suffering is essential and a part of life. But to me, there’s always something missing….. But you’ve got an interesting blog here, Mr. or Ms. Anonymous. Looks like lots of thought provoking material. Thanks!

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