So the absurdity of happiness is that it is embarrassing to discuss or even mention, impossible to define or measure, may not be achievable at all - or, at best, only intermittently and unconsciously - and may even turn into its opposite if directly pursued, but that it frequently turns up unexpectedly in the course of pursuing something else. There is no tease more infuriating...It is tempting to forget the whole thing and simply fall back on the couch with a remote control in one hand and a beer in the other.
absurdity quoteshappiness quotesembarrassing quotesdiscuss quotesmention quotesimpossible quotesdefine quotesmeasure quotesachievable quotesintermittently quotesunconsciously quotesturn quotesopposite quotesdirectly quotespursued quotesfrequently quotesturns quotesunexpectedly quotespursuing quotestease quotesinfuriatingit quotestempting quotesforget quotesthing quotessimply quotesfall quotesback quotescouch quotesremote quotescontrol quoteshand quotesbeer quotes
It is not possible to be original by trying to be original - those who attempt this in the arts will be merely avant-garde. Originality is the product of an impulse to intense and overwhelming that it bursts the conventions and produces something new - again more by accident than design.
They would love to get their children back. They miss them tremendously and they love their children. What happened was an unfortunate situation and one that got worse over time, but they never intended to harm their children. They realize now that their actions were not in the children's best interest, regardless of what they thought at the time.
Imagine someone sitting alone in a room without television, radio, computer or phone and with the door closed and the blinds down. This person must be a dangerous lunatic or a prisoner sentenced to solitary confinement. If a free agent, then a panty-sniffing loser shunned by society, or a psycho planning to return to college with an automatic weapon and a backpack full of ammo.
imagine quotessitting quotesroom quotestelevision quotesradio quotescomputer quotesphone quotesdoor quotesclosed quotesblinds quotesperson quotesdangerous quoteslunatic quotesprisoner quotessentenced quotessolitary quotesconfinement quotesfree quotesagent quotespantysniffing quotesloser quotesshunned quotessociety quotespsycho quotesplanning quotesreturn quotescollege quotesautomatic quotesweapon quotesbackpack quotesfull quotesammo quotes
The 1970s was the decade of liberation, of anger at injustice and demands for recognition and rights. But over time, the demand for specific rights degraded into a generalized sense of entitlement, the demand for specific recognition into a generalized demand for attention and the anger at specific injustice into a generalized feeling of grievance and resentment. The result is a culture of entitlement, attention-seeking and complaint.
1970s quotesdecade quotesliberation quotesanger quotesinjustice quotesdemands quotesrecognition quotesrights quotestime quotesdemand quotesspecific quotesrights quotesdegraded quotesgeneralized quotessense quotesentitlement quotesattention quotesfeeling quotesgrievance quotesresentment quotesresult quotesculture quotesattentionseeking quotescomplaint quotes
Employees hate meetings because they reveal that self-promotion, sycophancy, dissimulation and constantly talking nonsense in a loud confident voice are more impressive than merely being good at the job - and it is depressing to lack these skills but even more depressing to discover one's self using them.
employees quoteshate quotesmeetings quotesreveal quotesselfpromotion quotessycophancy quotesdissimulation quotesconstantly quotestalking quotesnonsense quotesloud quotesconfident quotesvoice quotesimpressive quotesgood quotesjob quotesdepressing quoteslack quotesskills quotesdiscover quotesones quotes
The talent for self-justification is surely the finest flower of human evolution, the greatest achievement of the human brain. When it comes to justifying actions, every human being acquires the intelligence of an Einstein, the imagination of a Shakespeare, and the subtlety of a Jesuit.
But who, in the Western world, has not been deranged by a toxic cocktail of dissatisfaction, restlessness, desire and resentment? Who has not yearned to be younger, richer, more talented, more respected, more celebrated, and, above all, more sexually attractive? Who has not felt entitled to more and aggrieved when more was not forthcoming? It is possible that a starving African farmer has less sense of injustice than a middle-aged Western male who has never been fellated.
western quotesworld quotesderanged quotestoxic quotescocktail quotesdissatisfaction quotesrestlessness quotesdesire quotesresentment quotesyearned quotesyounger quotesricher quotestalented quotesrespected quotescelebrated quotessexually quotesattractive quotesfelt quotesentitled quotesaggrieved quotesforthcoming quotesstarving quotesafrican quotesfarmer quotessense quotesinjustice quotesmiddleaged quotesmale quotesfellated quotes
Put any two people together and each will seek ways of feeling superior to the other. If a ship went down in the Pacific and a single sailor managed to swim to a desert island, would he be pleased to see, ten minutes later, another sailor emerging from the surf? Quite possibly - but only if the new arrival accepted that the first man was now a landed aristocrat while he himself was an illegal immigrant.
put quotespeople quotesseek quotesways quotesfeeling quotessuperior quotesship quotespacific quotessingle quotessailor quotesmanaged quotesswim quotesdesert quotesisland quotespleased quotesten quotesminutes quotesemerging quotessurf quotespossibly quotesarrival quotesaccepted quotesman quoteslanded quotesaristocrat quotesillegal quotesimmigrant quotes
But there is a compelling reason to develop a personal strategy for living. Rejecting issues, which often feels liberating, is actually enslavement. Those who do not produce their own solutions must be using someone else's. As Nietzsche warned 'he who cannot obey himself will be commanded'.