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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards


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Vexen Crabtree 2015
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Search for Happiness

Read essay online and leave comment here

Some excerpts:

When the truth is dangerous, is it more worthwhile to hide the truth? If ignorance is bliss, and those of Orwell's 1984 are truly happy, how is it that we think truth should be revealed even when they make people unhappy? Truth isn't inherent in happiness and vica versa: Who is better, they who promote truth over happiness, or happiness over truth? In society, in general, I would say that philosophers, mystics, materialists and freethinkers have pursued truth despite the danger to happiness, and the masses nearly always (sometimes ignorantly) pursued happiness whether or not they are also pursuing truth. The adoption of doubt as a central tenet causes the above questions to become mute, as will be shown.

[...] Colin Wilson's The Outsider concludes that those who are made unhappy through the search for truth are reconciled with happiness through peak experiences, random moments of happiness to which they hold on to and keep in their minds, and therefore that those who are naturally happy, such as me, are those who generate peak experiences. For me, these can include random solitary walks through London, computer games, online debates, creating web pages... these things also are what I consider to be some of the best reasons for my life, simple as they are.[...]

What are your peak experiences and points of life?


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Oh, I didn't realize this is one of the essays from your website! (thought maybe it was just off the top of your head ;))

Anyway, I forgot to add one these: definition of happiness? You mean happiness as in everyday content without a lot of negativity? Or actual "joy"? And I think many people confuse temporary satisfaction with real happiness, but I suppose it's easy to do. Peace of mind often provides a quiet happiness for me. There are many things that might *feel* good, but whether or not they lead to long-term happiness depends on other factors. (I'm sure I don't have to spell it out either!)

Peak experiences are hard to put into words. Just watching a beautiful sunset from a gently rocking sailboat, or petting my cat's luxurious coat and hearing her purr next to me, or taking a long walk through the forest/desert/mountains, etc. And of course music can be very transforming and hypnotic; poetry can be very moving. I can't think of much else to say right now. :)

It was off the top of my head... I wrote it, posted it, then decided to mark it up into HTML!

You said some great sounding peak experiences :-) I have a few... some memories of my favorite cat, as a kid, that used to curl up and sleep on my chest... very cuddly :-)

Happiness... I think the text was more speaking of the more long term, deep happiness than temporary joy, but it sounds like you pretty much knew that :-)

Merry Christmas!

Happiness... I think the text was more speaking of the more long term, deep happiness than temporary joy, but it sounds like you pretty much knew that :-)
Yes, I think I understood that. ;)

Merry Christmas!
Thank you! Same to you, although I suppose it's over with by now? :) Except........
I actually have another family get-together on Saturday. Yay, another Christmas! :D

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