That notwithstanding I will still make the case that happiness is largely soporific banality. You can do better if you want. You might not. That’s okay if that’s what you want. For my part, I could mostly care less about happiness except when it’s a reprieve from real life. I want as few reprieves as possible.
I think it’s not just because happiness has largely evaded me because I don’t understand its pursuit but also because I’m pretty sure that it bores me, much like most meditation. I would rather be fired up in a testy conversation, confused by great poetry, reeling in good music, bothered by injustice, or confounded (always) by love. If we love we grieve and that is hardly ever happy, or is it? The question is more interesting if happiness isn’t the point.
I pursue discomfort with such avidity that I am usually bored shitless by the time I say what I have just thought or figured out. It’s why dozens of manuscripts sit on my hard drive about 80% done. I get no real satisfaction from the finished product, I like the work abut I especially like the work when it is failing me, when I can’t quite get it right, when it makes me frustrated, angry, or scared. I can’t be comfortable in love. I can’t be interested unless I’m being challenged or recognize a conflict.
Brutha! You are so totally blowing up my pursuit of Big Bliss with a brilliant bag of Big Ideas, which as you know I Love Dearly – as I Love you dearly as well….so keep making us Think, help us Look Deeper, to penetrate the Unknown as well as the Unknowable….or is IT? Real Life is in the Struggle, but Bliss is Real as the Suffering until there is Nothing at All, but that the Void, and as one Kashmir Shaivite text alludes to That dimension One step Beyond the Void….but then again knowing you were bitten in the ass at birth as the Son of Rudra ;))) perhaps you'd argue for Annihilation – free of both Void or Bliss. Or would you? None the less, It would great fun to see you again in the flesh after so long – and it would bring me some temporal "Happiness". Overrated, yes… But Alive and full with Big Stories, Big Ideas, and for me, probably some Bliss too….Lol, In Joy the journey – but That too is overrated isn't it…? So many unanswerable questions to be unhappy about – or Just Be Happy! Love ~ P