Sunday, June 11, 2006

Happiness is positive change

I’m asking myself how much of happiness is progression, achievement or moving forward; “things are really looking up”, “life’s getting better all the time”, “I just got a raise, a promotion, or a new baby”. A brief and cursory review of human history makes me wonder if we don’t find our greatest happiness in positive change and our greatest misery in negative change.

Contrast this with the little utopian dreams we nurse in our hearts and minds. Utopias are static; they are perfectly designed and thus never need to change or progress. These are our refuge when negative change has made us unhappy, we dream of a future where we don’t loose and no one suffers; nothing but an escape from negative change. Utopias could never last in reality because man is always inventing, building and creating. Not always for the better, not always good but always forward – direction is qualitative.

So our happiness comes from positive change, but we harbor little utopias in our hearts as a protection against negative change. Everything is purposeful, but I’m just now beginning to see just how pragmatically purposeful we are, even in happiness and utopias.
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A utopia could never survive the men it was composed of. After an initial calm and golden era, as remembered, the inhabitants of this paradise will begin to agitate for change, and with change will come trials and errors. With change comes work, and with men will come change. Change is work.
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Men bring change, change is work, and men are always working. We respect those individuals that work the greatest change. We decide whether to loathe or love them depending on how we perceive the change affecting our lives. If these prodigies of man produce signal events that work positive change in our lives then we love them, otherwise we equally hate them, but respect is reserved for them both.
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A utopia ceases to be utopian when it first changes, and man ceases to be happy when he first ceases to change. Man is incompatible with his utopian dreams, but he will always harbor them because they are a safeguard and comfort to the pains and suffering of this life.
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Utopias become onerous and subject to neglect when the nature of the men composing them significantly differs from their founding ancestors.

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