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

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Search for Happiness

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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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Colin Wilson is an excellent author; my friend David is really into his works, and I've read The Outsider. The only thing I have against Nietzche? His oftimes misogynistic streak (some of his quotes include "The Germans are like women, you can scarcely ever fathom their depths -- they haven't any.")

Anyhow, about happiness, I don't think it exists. Anyone halfway intelligent will never be TRULY happy.

The reason being because the intelligent mind is always changing, and in order for change to occur, the intelligent person must always be ready to face new challenges and conflicts. Without such challenges and conflicts, there is no room to grow, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.

As a psych major, that is why I'm very much against medicating people with antidepressants.

Nietzsche is a man of many spellings!

Nietzsche has a terrible misogynist streak, it's true. The barb I remember most well is something like:

"Women commit a feat of literature like a child commits a sin: to then look around to see if anyone noticed, but not really for the feat itself"

I'm happy! OK... admittedly, like confidence, I decided that the difference between faking it and really having it is quite small... I think I might, in reality, be only "medium happy" as opposed to the "endlessly happy" that I come across as! But then again, compared to educated people, I'm not exactly intelligent!

I think I might, in reality, be only "medium happy" as opposed to the "endlessly happy" that I come across as!

--"Medium happy" is sort of the way I'd express my state as well, because it comes and it goes so often.

From what I've read of your essays you seem like a very serious person who still has a "fun" side to him. I think that is a healthy balance of sorts.

But then again, compared to educated people, I'm not exactly intelligent!

--Pshaw. Many geniuses were self-educated, so I have been told.

As for misogyny, well, it's too bad that some men feel the need to attack women instead of putting all their energies into worthwhile social causes, etc. There are still some good examples of this today, for instance, look at the quasi-intellectual site www.misogynyunlimited.com.

Then again, there are other sites which are made by women who hate men, like www.ihatemen.com.

Hatred like this is a waste of time, in my opinion, and these websites should be considered on par with hate crimes.

Everything you said here makes great sense to me. :) I don't think I want to bother checking out those websites, though!

But then again, compared to educated people, I'm not exactly intelligent!
--Pshaw. Many geniuses were self-educated, so I have been told.

I feel the same way sometimes (less intelligent because 'less educated'), but I have to agree on the self-educated point. There are different kinds of *smarts* -- no matter what the basic IQ tests say! Some people do better learning on their own; others fare better in a structured setting like college.

Thanks for posting! :)

I think Nietzsche done himself good by rarely talking about women... but what little he does let out is quite revealing!

In real life I am generally silly-fun or quiet, always happy sounding, and people just wouldn't guess that when I sit down near a computer my fingers write some of the most pretentious text ever written by any amatuer anywhere!... :-), Empiress says that I write "authoritively", as in the manner of someone who is stating the unquestionable facts of how it is... my old text used to be much much worse, Vexen even used to write in third person!...

Erm... related essays (Pretentious Mode):

http://www.dpjs.co.uk/doubt.html (Doubt is the most important intellectual value)
http://www.vexen.co.uk/disclaimer.html (a disclaimer...)
http://www.vexen.co.uk/human/humour.html (Nietzsche on the necessity of self-humour)

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