24 July 2008

The Pursuit Of Happiness

After reflecting for most of the day on how I felt both emotionally and physically (I didn't feel well but still went to work), I decided to focus tonight on Happiness. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness " is one of the most famous phrases in the United States Declaration of Independence. These three aspects are listed among the "inalienable rights" of man. So what is this happiness that we’re supposedly all pursuing…

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865) – "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965) – "Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory."
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892) – "The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions."
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) – "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
Meher Baba (1894-1969) - "Don't worry, be happy" (later used by Bobby McFerrin in a song, 1988, a favourite of mine)

"Happiness Is a Warm Gun" is a song by The Beatles featured on The White Album. It’s a parody of "Happiness is a Warm Puppy," a Peanuts book written by Charles Schulz in 1962. I'm more familiar with the works of Schulz than that of the Fab Four, but that's just me. And finally, Happy is of course one of the dwarfs in the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

More later…

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