That’s my grandfather’s philosophy. Can you guess that he grew up in the depression? Apparently he never grew out of it…
He says it in a demeaning way, and wears his unhappiness like a badge of intellectual superiority.
But turning this statement around, it could also be re-interpreted to mean: Those who don’t take themselves too seriously and over-analyze things are happy. Those who are constantly in their heads are bound to make themselves miserable.
Thanks grandpa, for your wisdom. Too bad, though, that you had to give everyone such a hard time.
Even if it makes me look like a fool, why would I not choose happiness? Being happy, even blissful, empowers me to see that so much lies beyond. Being miserable only imprisons me.
These thoughts were inspired by the following excerpt by Sadhguru:
It is an insult to human intelligence to be told to be happy. Bobby McFerrin is enough to tell you to don’t worry, be happy. A spiritual guru should do more. People need to be provided with the right tool to make a conscious choice. After doing one workshop with us, people wonder how years of conditioning are peeled off? What modern neuro scientists are discovering now we have known all along – that you can completely re-wire the brain. It doesn’t matter what your past and karma is, or what your chromosome says. You can change everything within you, with a certain live spiritual processes. Then your choices become conscious and you create your destiny.
Spiritual processes around the world have become ridiculous, and people who can think for themselves have come to the conclusion that spiritualism is for idiots. This because most times spirituality is handled in an uncommitted atmosphere. Without subjectivity, spirituality is like a stillborn child. There are so many dead children being delivered that people are finding it senseless. From the moment of your birth till now you have grown. It has happened from the inside, hasn’t it? Asking God for this and that is just a survival process. It is not a spiritual process. Heaven is not going to intervene in your survival. Neither will books. Books written about life are of no use unless you have read the greatest living book that is you. You are the creator of your own book, so know it well.