unhappiness

A Crock Full of Happiness

Originally posted 2009-01-06 10:17:07 -1000 - promoted by roxy.

This was posted at the Daily Kos yesterday, where it got rescued, but was still little noticed. I'd like to reprint it here as my first post because it is a pretty good introduction to who I am at this moment: a philosopher in economic trouble (there's a shock), exploring the dark hallways of unhappiness, stress, pain, and despair. It seems to help a little.

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.—Robertson Davies

What a crock. Here's a man who's father was a Canadian Senator. He never went hungry or cold. His family owned a media empire. Was there anything he ever had to worry about? Did he have unhappiness to pluck treasures from, or did his treasures just show up via the family bank account?