Saturday, October 08, 2005

Decide to be happy

It's maybe-possibly-conceivably imaginable that sometimes I might whinge and moan (at length, with tears) about my easy life. Then along comes something like this:

You've just got to decide to be happy, whether or not your logical mind thinks it is rational to be happy and whether or not your moral sense thinks you deserve to be happy. You absolutely will not be happy for any length of time until you decide to, and if you decide to, you can be happy in the face of the most miserable circumstances.

You are doing the best you can with what you have. You are already living the most moral and correct life you know how to live. [...] What you can do is learn where your blind spots are. Watch others. People who at first glance are just plain old bad people are on further investigation suffering from horrendous misconceptions about how the world works. You also have misconceptions about the best way to get what you want. Find those misconceptions and wake up!

You are rich or poor, smart, dim, clumsy, athletic, ugly or good looking for a reason. The reason is because living life under those circumstances points you in the directions you are supposed to be going. You are not supposed to be perfectly well rounded, it is usually quite helpful to be lopsided. It is that lopsidedness that provides the direction and impetus for your individual development.

From a website called The Meaning of Life - no details on the name of the author(s). It offers advice which might help if you're feeling depressed or useless or worthless; you're wondering why bad things happen to good people; or you're despairing because the world seems full of insanity, hatred or violence; and then goes on to discuss the meaning of life:
Not only is consciousness a universal property of matter, it is the primary property of matter. In fact, it's the other way around, matter is a property of consciousness!

(Thanks to toto.)