I got to bed last night and had a bit too much Chimay, so I won't be obliging you so much on any rant against or for happiness. Sorry.
--The_Lex Fri Oct 27 09:06:35 2006
Probably a bad ground on the powerstrip. I had a similar experience with a mini freezer working at McD's.
--ericball Fri Oct 27 09:14:11 2006
Unhappy to hear about the hangover, Lex.
--Kirk Fri Oct 27 11:18:10 2006
Not that bad of a hangover, more of that general sense of unease and slightly unsettled belly.
By the bye, I don't really know my stance on the whole happiness issue, anyway. People who attack the goal of happiness annoy me.
On the flipside, you're right, happiness doesn't come by seeking happiness, itself. It's generally an incidental state of being.
I don't like the idea of 'ignorance is bliss,' but neither do I think 'happy people are ignorant.'
After reading about logotherapy through Viktor Frankl's 'Search for Meaning,' I've been seeing the goal of living a meaningful life without an existential vacuum as the important goal, which can often lead to happiness mixed with some sense of sorrow.
I guess that's more of a rumination than a rant, though.
--The_Lex Fri Oct 27 12:17:48 2006
Thanks. I did throw the callout to you in there just to tweak you a bit, but it is an interesting issue...but I think it's a very good quote.
--Kirk Fri Oct 27 13:13:15 2006
Tweak? Not familiar with how you're using the term.
--The_Lex Fri Oct 27 13:16:50 2006
Definition 3 from http://www.answers.com/tweak&r=67
"To make fun of; tease."
I think of it as the verbal equivalent of tweaking someone nose though slightly less obnoxious.
--Kirk Fri Oct 27 13:51:42 2006
Ahhhh. . .wasn't so sure if you were just tweaking or looking for indepth conversation.
--The_Lex Fri Oct 27 14:54:37 2006
Well, happily, I seem to have gotten both...
I liked the quote, but didn't think it really brought all that much new to the topic, so my expectations were modest.
--Kirk Fri Oct 27 15:11:33 2006
You provided me with some good diversion today. That makes me happy.
--The_Lex Fri Oct 27 15:28:13 2006
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