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#211523 - 12/05/05 12:06 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: harlan]
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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.




So in other words, let the happiness of the past fade as a pleasant memory and embrace the happiness of the now so that you can continue forward and live your life instead of living in the past.

*nods* sounds good to me.

I agree with Joel on this one too, we can be content with where we are, but always ready to move forward. Zanshin of Contentedness!
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#211524 - 12/05/05 12:14 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: phoenixsflame]
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I agree with Joel on this one too, we can be content with where we are, but always ready to move forward. Zanshin of Contentedness!




Yay!! I got something right! Now I'm hap...er, more content.
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#211525 - 12/05/05 12:16 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: JoelM]
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Yay!! I got something right! Now I'm hap...er, more content.




See, you can be happy. You just are happy content. *snickers* I figure once I say something smart, I can be happy. But, then I'll say ten things that are dumb... and I'll be unhappy... But, I'll be content the whole time. Woo!
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#211526 - 12/05/05 12:21 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: phoenixsflame]
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Snickers can make me content, mostly because of their content.

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#211527 - 12/05/05 12:24 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: JoelM]
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Snickers can make me content, mostly because of their content.







Hmm. thats worrisome Joel, does that mean you're only content when you're content is nuts and caramel?

(Content, content... get it? A dove dove into the bush?)
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#211528 - 12/05/05 12:25 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: phoenixsflame]
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Hey, it's got chocolate, too.

(content, content-that was my joke)
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#211529 - 12/05/05 12:29 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: JoelM]
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Hey, it's got chocolate, too.

(content, content-that was my joke)




Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

So are you telling us, you've got a fine sweet coating and you're really salty, chewy and crunchy inside?
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#211530 - 12/05/05 12:59 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: phoenixsflame]
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Great posts all!
(if anyone gets to this point and hasn't read the whole thread I would humbly suggest that you do so, this is a great thread)

I have struggled in the past with happiness, as I will in the future. that's life .
I believe happiness is somewhat of a choice.
there are "Universal Truths" that buhiddism(sp?) hits upon very well.
a few that I've learned are:
1.only change is constant......yup folks if you like it now, hold on cause it's gonna change, for the better?, maby. for the worse, maby..

2.people will be people......aint free will great? you cannot change anothers mind, opinion,or perspective.
unless they let you.you will meet or more acuratly be affected by many different "typs" of people. can't change it , better just accept it.

3 it's not what you see, it's how you see it....
everyone has thier own perspective, thier own way of seeing the same thing you are looking at.yes even the blind.
as far as explaining what you see or your point of view see #2.this is where the choice part comes in. try to find the good in bad,the beauty in something repulsive.

as far as the jeanius thing goes intelligence does make life more complex,but your attitude makes(more acuratly ALLOWES you) to be happy. a big issue with alot of people I've met is control
control your emotions, control your self, control your surroundings, control the people around you, control.
Sometimes (more often than we think) we have no control.
that is where acceptance comes in.

this is getting pretty long I'd hate to upset anyone here by my ramblings!


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#211531 - 12/05/05 01:53 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: ChangLab]
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as far as the jeanius thing goes intelligence does make life more complex,but your attitude makes(more acuratly ALLOWES you) to be happy. a big issue with alot of people I've met is control
control your emotions, control your self, control your surroundings, control the people around you, control.
Sometimes (more often than we think) we have no control.
that is where acceptance comes in.





I don't think we ever had any control in the first place.
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#211532 - 12/05/05 04:15 PM Re: Why are geniuses never truly happy? [Re: Foolsgold]
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I know very little about geniuses, but I don't see high intelligence as a handicap in spiritual development.
I agree with whoever it was that said it's an Ego thing though, it is.
Of course intelligence is as pathetic to cling to as any other manifestation in this world, such as fitness, dan grades, money, looks, snickers, big d***s or what have you, but the highly intelligent person should be smart enough to realise this, or?

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