Monday, September 15, 2008

Consumerism

Being a meditation on today's Thought*

On the whole, all things considered, I feel that I am a net consumer of happiness: the world gives me more than I feel I am producing. This thought is vaguely unsettling.


* "We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than we have to consume wealth without producing it." George Bernard Shaw

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9 Comments:

Blogger Zhoen said...

Perhaps that is a good life, when we feel we have more than we deserve.

September 16, 2008 at 2:19:00 AM GMT+2  
Blogger Dale said...

I have that feeling often, that I'm living beyond my spiritual means.

September 16, 2008 at 3:07:00 AM GMT+2  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

But, how can you measure what you give? Most of the time you might not ever know of some result.

September 16, 2008 at 4:08:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger Pacian said...

Your blog gives me a vague sense of vicarious wellbeing, if that helps.

September 16, 2008 at 11:33:00 PM GMT+2  
Anonymous liquicat said...

being happy is also a source of happiness, generally speaking. by being happy you radiate happiness into the world. you can be sure that it has an effect even if you don't see the results directly. sometimes a random stranger will smile at me and it fills me with joy.

September 18, 2008 at 1:34:00 PM GMT+2  
Anonymous Seraphine said...

udge! see? du hast mir heute glucklich gemacht. vielleicht, there is a small balance in der welt, und alles est klaar. besonders, happiness is not something you take away from others. it exists on it's own, like intestinal gas. you can share it, aber est ist deiner gas. that unsettling, rumbling feeling is just happiness waiting to be released silently onto the rest of the world -blame the dog.

September 18, 2008 at 3:33:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger Udge said...

(smiles)

thank you for the kind thoughts, my dears, which made me quite happy. And Seraphine, I shall be forever in your debt for the enlightening comparison of happiness to intestinal gas :-)

September 18, 2008 at 3:59:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger Corvi, Corey, Crow, Maggie and Raven said...

Silly.

what do you call all the loving you send out? All the support you give? All the things you create? Packages of happiness shared..that's what I call 'em. And...well...thanks.

September 20, 2008 at 1:24:00 AM GMT+2  
Blogger Lioness said...

But... That doesn't make any sense! We get from life what we put in it, so if life is giving you happiness and you are experiencing it that means you are the source of some of that happiness yourself and it reverberates and spreads. And your being alive makes us all happy, so that alone generates some powerful threads.

You want I should kick your stubborn, over-foirmatted, waspy guilt-ridden arse again?

[WORD on Seraphine, am still laughing]

September 23, 2008 at 1:20:00 PM GMT+2  

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