Professor Eric G.Wilson, author of the book “Against Happiness” theorizes that to foster a society of total happiness is to concoct a culture of fear; that mirth gives away our courage; that we relinquish our hearts for contentment; and our “blissed out culture” ignores sadness and feelings.”
Methinks the prof is a little too tightly wound and would not be a great deal of fun at a party. In fact he would probably eschew partying for a little morose get together to talk politics and chew on his cigar.
I think the esteemed Ralph Waldo Emerson is a little more balanced in his assessment of finding bliss. He said, “I compared notes with one of my friends who expects everything of the universe and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate goods…”
So while Ralph might not be the life of the party, he would at least participate, and would brandish his brandy snifter with aplomb.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, “The thirsty man knows water more keenly than the sated one.” But once having known thirst, one has to admit that being sated is a much more blissful state.
Sam would be at the party too, but he would add a little scotch to his water, no rocks.
So, of these three, who would you invite to your party?
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