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#211513 - 12/05/05 11:32 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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Don't get what I said wrong, by the way. Smart people can be happy, I think it's just harder for them.
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#211514 - 12/05/05 11:36 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: Foolsgold]
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Question for everybody: Is being happy your final goal, or a stepping stone, or both, or unnecessary?
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#211515 - 12/05/05 11:37 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: Foolsgold]
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Hmmm...I think that people are so individual that what is hard for one is easy for another. I'm guilty of generalization myself but this topic from the beginning been a generalization.

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#211516 - 12/05/05 11:42 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: Foolsgold]
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My final goal is to be dead. However, I'm hoping that that isn't the end.

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#211517 - 12/05/05 11:46 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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How does one gauge their life as "happy" or "unhappy"?

I'm happy now because I've had a restful night's sleep and am relaxing at home. I will soon go to work and more than likely have to yell at someone for doing their job incorrectly. I will then be unhappy. I might help another person find a treat that their pet truly enjoys and they'll walk out the door with a smile on their face. I will have a smile on my face as well and be happy. Maybe on the way home I'll be cut off by a bad driver and cuss them out under my breath. I will be unhappy. I'll get the mail, possibly a sweet card from my fiance(she does stuff like that), I will be happy. Dirty dishes, unhappy. Funny Family Guy episode, happy. Stay up too late, unhappy. Back in my comfy bed, happy.


Was I happy or unhappy today?
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#211518 - 12/05/05 11:47 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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My goal is to raise my son and publish my works in hope that it helps someone towards the better road.

Happiness is never really forefront in my mind... Contentment and Balance yes, if happiness comes of that. So be it, if not. Just as good.
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#211519 - 12/05/05 11:51 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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Joel- You tell me.

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Aren't you a bundle of joy?
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#211520 - 12/05/05 11:53 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: JoelM]
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How does one gauge their life as "happy" or "unhappy"?

I'm happy now because I've had a restful night's sleep and am relaxing at home. I will soon go to work and more than likely have to yell at someone for doing their job incorrectly. I will then be unhappy. I might help another person find a treat that their pet truly enjoys and they'll walk out the door with a smile on their face. I will have a smile on my face as well and be happy. Maybe on the way home I'll be cut off by a bad driver and cuss them out under my breath. I will be unhappy. I'll get the mail, possibly a sweet card from my fiance(she does stuff like that), I will be happy. Dirty dishes, unhappy. Funny Family Guy episode, happy. Stay up too late, unhappy. Back in my comfy bed, happy.


Was I happy or unhappy today?





I think the term happy is incorrect. Since, happiness is transitory and will come and go. But, are you content? Are you "happy" with where you are, even if you are in an unhappy situation?

Not to be confused with the lack of inertia "content" of someone who will stay where they are just because they are "content" and want to strive for nothing more. No, more of a "I am content with who I am, and although happiness and unhappiness come and go. I will still be positive and smile through it."

That kind of thing...

Did that make sense? I'm realizing I may be babbling a bit, and apologize. Narcotics are bad.
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#211521 - 12/05/05 11:58 AM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: Foolsgold]
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Joel- You tell me.




It doesn't matter, because the same stuff will happen tomorrow to a different tune.


edit- phoenix, I guess I would say that I am content. But always looking for the opportunity to be more content.


Edited by JoelM (12/05/05 12:00 PM)
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#211522 - 12/05/05 12:01 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: JoelM]
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Happiness can be a transitory aspect, or not. I'm of the mind that it doesn't matter. Or rather, again, the pursuit of it is the problem. "happiness is fleeting"...it comes in moments, and if you are fully aware, those moments will last longer. It is in the passing of these fleeting moments, the desire to hang on to them, to cling, to form an attachment to the feeling, that can drive a person to pursue money, fame, security, etc....even though there is no intrinsic happiness to be found by 'having' any of those things. Therefore, the conundrum: you are rich in material things and yet still don't 'have' happiness.

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