Days of Change

Don’t Worry, Be Happy | April 7, 2015

In just a few generations, the Western World has seen a decline in the necessity of labor, the adherence to religion, the population of married people and a general decline in the birth rate, often below the point of domestic population growth. A few generations ago, parents wanted their children to get married, get a good job and raise grandchildren. Those things are less certain. Now, the prevailing undefined goal is that the important people in your life to simply be happy.

Happy is a dangerous term. In the past, people may have been content, satisfied or a good person. Unfortunately, “happy” implies a temporary state, one that has to be constantly fueled and validated. There used to be a slogan in the late 20th century that “if it feels good, do it” which is the core tenet of hedonism. People only making themselves happy has a good chance of making someone else unhappy. That’s why we only have the right to pursue happiness, not guaranteed to posses it.

Greg Gutfeld wrote a book called “The Joy of Hate” about people who seem happiest when they are punishing others keeping them from a good time. In Indiana, a pizza place that answered a theoretical question about gay weddings made angry people happy by giving them a way to vent their manufactured outrage. Not being able to use a caterer does not impact your quality of life, only your temporary happiness. Instead of worrying about the long-term contentment of that business, the slighted seek to destroy them for infringing on their perpetual state of getting what they want.

It’s not surprising that the people who are supposedly trying to find happiness are instead always finding the roadblocks to eternal hedonism. They are less happy than those people who realize that being happy comes from the satisfaction of a job well done and a life well lived. Worse yet, they seem to express their displeasure by making everyone else miserable. I wouldn’t want to be involved in a gay wedding either under those circumstances.

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2 Comments

  1. Amen! We live in interesting times.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — April 7, 2015 @ 10:50 pm

  2. An astute distinction between happiness and hedonism. Bottom line:political correctness means catering to spoiled brats who demand that their will be imposed upon everyone else.

    Comment by Mary — April 8, 2015 @ 1:08 am


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