Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ah, the pursuit of happiness

Well, here is the standard socialist method straight out of the handbook,
spend someone else's money.

Actually, talking about finding happiness, this is what happened to me.

When I became a Christian several years ago, I thought to myself

"Ah, I'll just look up "happiness" in my new bible and all will be revealed"

So imagine my shock when I discovered that, in my bible anyway, that the word "happy" barely rated a mention.

I eventually worked out that happiness is an imaginary target and really is only a state of mind achieved by living a fulfilling life.

Thankfully, the Bible has plenty of advise on that subject.

I recommend giving a wide berth to anyone who peddles "happiness" and even worse, its
PC new age buddy "wellness"

8 comments:

LaFemme said...

Went running for the concordance, looked up happy. Lots of mention. But you may be right, happiness does not seem to be an end goal, more of a side effect.

Anonymous said...

Should our lives be about happiness? How about helping others, fulfullment, contributing to society? There is to much emphasis on "happiness", it often seems to be at the expense of other people, or persued selfishly at any cost. Good post, by the way.

Lou Taylor said...

Yes Lafemme, I originally looked in the index at the back (NIV)and under "happiness" all the verses referenced did not contain the word happy. I later discovered what a concordance was and found the word "happy" about 20 times.

LaFemme said...

I've got more happy-ness that you: 26:) But, then, I'm old fashioned and only read the KJV, maybe the NIV interprets the word differently in some spots.
All silliness aside, though, you've given birth to some interesting questions: how important is happiness? Is it just a fluffy feel-good, or does it carry real spiritual weight?

Lou Taylor said...

"Happy" is really a word that should be saved for the end of your life , when you look back at a life well lived and look forward to eternity in heaven. There are plenty of words for now eg joy, sorrow ,elation etc

Anonymous said...

Cursed are you who rejoice now,
for you will mourn and weep.

james said...

Ayn Rand: "The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live!"

"I swear...by my life and my love of it that I shant live for the sake of another man no man...nor ask another man to live for mine"

John Galt:Atlas Shrugged.


Life is for living...and its for individuals pursuing their OWN rational self intrest to determine what it is that makes them happy...

"Should our lives be about happiness? How about helping others, fulfullment, contributing to society? There is to much emphasis on "happiness", it often seems to be at the expense of other people, or persued selfishly at any cost. Good post, by the way."

There speaks the altruist...the hater and enslaver of man for the crime of BEING man."Sacfice! he crys..."your life belongs to others..not to yourself!"

I reply...for all men of unshackled pose and unbound mind....'GO TO HELL!

james said...

Should have read...

"I swear...by my life and my love of it that I shall not live for the sake of another man...nor ask another man to live for mine"