PHILOSOPHY OF HAPPINESS

 

 A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION BY MARTIN JANELLO

one can tell a lot from hands

how they look

how they move

how they touch

 

 

 

all we can do

is share our truth

and hope it resonates

trust in human communion

 

 

 

People and peoples who mythologize their history, present, or future are attempting to compensate for their problems recognizing the truth.

 

 

 

Reality contradicts claims that we are perfect as we are - but it also contains encouraging indications of our potential to become much better.

 

 

 

the world might take

a quantum leap

if people heeded their advice

 

 

 

affirmations

we are good enough as we are

lies keeping us

from mending and advancing beyond

but we like absolution

 

 

 

not all we are is perfect

not all criticism wrong

build strength to consider this

 

 

 

How can we be happy if we cling to fake excuses why we should ignore the plight of fellow humans? We cannot wash off the smell of our lies.

 

 

 

Our problem is timidity and disingenuity. To cloak our fear and guard superficial benefits, we pretend waiting for inspiration to do what we already know to be right.

 

 

 

How much time and energy do we spend hiding, suppressing, or diverting our wishes compared to making them come true?

 

 

 

The use of mood altering drugs in a society is proportional to how unbearable it is for members to live in it without suspension of reality.

 

 

 

People will suspend their critical judgment and invest themselves in nonsense if it helps them contain concerns or address other ambitions.

 

 

 

We say something rings true if it resonates with our inclinations or tenets. But how did these receive their tuning?

 

 

 

Have you noticed how often matters, when closely examined, are not only different from but the opposite of what powerful interests claim?

 

 

 

Opening individuals to themselves can be more difficult than having them follow someone else. We like being collected in our shells.

 

 

 

I have (not) become, I am (not), I may (not) become, I will (not) have been . . . . Write and finish these sentences. This is you - or is it?

 

 

 

Forgetting and falsifying history are the only ways humanity can live with itself short of changing. Victors prolong their avoidance of truth.

 

 

 

Einstein’s pithy criticisms of human nature seem ironic considering he kept urging nuclear weapons research that enabled Hiroshima/Nagasaki.

 

 

 

Some people insist the world is black and white while they can see color and there is firm evidence for frequencies beyond their perception.

 

 

 

calm assurances

all would be fine

even if nothing was

insight beyond

or asinine lies

 

 

 

there are more important things

than finding harmony

our demons whisper

 

 

 

with each changing season

they childishly trusted

war would be vanquished

by rhythms of life

 

 

 

the news

part of an effort

to make us sad

to make us feel

the world is bad

a noose

to choke us

so we agree

to give up

and bow

to authority

 

 

 

lies by omission

and characterization

while making us think

we are well informed

 

 

 

sleeplessness is not wakefulness

some pursue it to feel

the numbing pall of drowsiness

 

 

 

much of our life

we waste hanging in

hoping for things to get better

stalling afraid of change setting in

avoiding to be a change setter

 

 

 

come away with me

to be free

in the living room of nature

caves were merely meant

for protection

 

 

 

people and societies

are usually the opposite

of what they brag to be

 

 

 

Ideologies lay their insecurities bare by preventing their subjects from questioning doctrines and by taking offense in questioning from others.

 

 

 

truths we gladly reveal

some we’d like to

perceive think or feel

but then there’s what we dare not tell

for shame or scorn or fear of hell

 

 

 

humanity has squandered

most of its efforts and dignity

on wild speculations and delusions

 

 

 

Fairy tales grownups believe are as absurd as those they tell children. But they are better shaping circumstances according to their pretenses.

 

 

 

truth

can bear

doubt

 

 

 

Personal development evangelists claiming unseen that you are great when you know you are not. How long can the diversion last?

 

 

 

i will never get used to

how set people are in their ways

how they shirk

exploring answers to questions

that torture them all their life

 

 

 

people demonstrating

how powerful they are

trying to get past

how small they feel

 

 

 

compensating weakness

snake pit of betrayal and posturing

conceding truth brings betterment

 

 

 

We must carefully consider whether to emphasize the positive over the negative. It may distract and dissuade us from grasping negative conditions and from properly addressing them.

 

 

 

pieces of advice

people give others

may have fallen off

rotting carcasses

spun by

the careening carousel

of their ego

 

 

 

self-importance

opposite of intelligence

mistaken for it by fools

 

 

 

No other frailty has damaged humankind more than gullibility.

 

 

 

kicking bitter truths

and embracing sweet lies

will leave us askew

 

 

 

Pretension causes tension.

 

 

 

idiocies believed by many

become conventional wisdom

 

 

 

shouting danger

on a raft heading for a fall

invites ire from the oblivious

 

 

 

A problematic quality of many statements is that their truth depends on the circumstances.

 

 

 

Our childhood ends when we find out about the past and present failings of grownups. Thus, every generation must deal with disappointment.

 

 

 

numbing or denying realities

we cannot bear

prevents human development

we must stare grief in the eyes

until it flinches

 

 

 

buying illusions of happiness

we know

they are fake

but close our mind

scared to awake

 

 

 

giving ourselves

too much credit

makes us live in debt

and anticipation of collection

 

 

 

False education is more dangerous than mere ignorance because it is defended by pride.

 

 

 

deceptions may convince others

but we always know

we’re just playing a show

 

 

 

claiming the opposite

of what we perceive think or feel

indicates desire for distance

devil’s advocate

trying to believe

nothing is wrong

 

 

 

empty words

give us some time

to call them aspirations

 

 

 

Many spend their life trying to prove the same assertions over and over, often without an end. Even if they should convince others, they may not succeed believing themselves.

 

 

 

see all these people

running and clawing

to get distance from themselves

while claiming to seek who they are

 

 

 

being true to yourself

can be painful

for exterior and interior reasons

 

 

 

Accounts driven by agendas may miss shades. But fabrications, omissions, and mischaracterizations by guiding authorities should be unforgivable.

 

 

 

We are conditioned to a state in which very little that should outrage us can break our apathy. Even this fact does not appear to bother us.

 

 

 

We live in a mendacious world where assuming the opposite of what institutions and persons would like us to believe is a necessary safeguard.

 

 

 

life becomes genuine

after dropping our

coveralls of pretenses

though we may

struggle in settings

resenting naked truth

 

 

 

allowing events

to knock us senseless

calling results zen

 

 

 

masks we wear

while we look in the mirror

simmering under facades

 

 

 

pretending things are fine

when they are not

protective cowardice

fueled by fears of

disconnection exclusion

and falling prey

 

 

 

many people ask for truth

but after a peek at it

prefer the cover of shams

 

 

 

we may be denying

our ice floe is melting

for fear of losing our ground

 

 

 

we are all

just old children

acting like grownups

 

 

 

manipulations

and bets

instead of substance

nonproductive participants

must be paid

 

 

 

advertising

politics

and religion

prove gullibility

 

 

 

only her front

would be good enough

in trying to shape her future

sacrifice truth for living a dream

 

 

 

some people disown

whom they left behind

as witnesses of who they were

 

 

 

she assembled her persona

so they would

neither see through her

nor see her

leaving her a respected enigma

 

 

 

our views

are not truth

only our opinions of it

 

 

 

quietly suffering

they were told later

they should have spoken up

but one who did

was called troublemaker

and persecuted to shut him up

 

 

 

we like to hide

behind interpretations

till reality punches through

 

 

 

agitation and screams

about unreal importance

tranquilizing distractions

or preparations of sports

 

 

 

telling stories

he set the world free

trustworthiness of apparent lies

 

 

 

Religions were devised to hold primitives in check and direct them. They still fall on fertile ground in those and in people who do not trust individual or collective discernment.

 

 

 

Religions thrive on fear of death and the unknown, and if people are too stupid, impulsive, or careless to devise harmonious, principled lives.

 

 

 

Picture humanity if we based our conduct on findings rather than beliefs and on our determination to use our faculties to their best effect.

 

 

 

Pantheons of heaven, hell, gods, devils, angels, demons and their undertakings are very real. They are externalizations of inner beings.

 

 

 

Many religious individuals and sects judge beliefs of others harshly while hypocritically discounting that they themselves cling to far-out fairy tales.

 

 

 

One of the worst exploitations is taking advantage of the spiritual needs of others. Then again, it is their fault as well for being such fools.

 

 

 

Hell on earth is not surprising if people derive ethics and laws from religions that allow crimes ordered, committed, or forgiven by a god.

 

 

 

Beware of “spiritual” nonsense posing as philosophy. Philosophy is fearless desire for knowledge wherever it may lead, not a flight into make-believe.

 

 

 

They say human search for love is due to an addiction to chemically induced highs our body produces in reaction to certain stimulants. Should we favor sobriety or manage our addiction?

 

 

 

what people want to hear

is obscenely more popular

than what they need to hear

 

 

 

Reality is there to be evidenced if we dare to look at it and quit childishly believing stories that distract from it. Partial reality does not redeem them.

 

 

 

If humans would stop making life hell for themselves and one another, they could die in peace and would not have to hope for a better afterlife.

 

 

 

Why do we believe in nonsense? The potential for happiness in reality is awesome enough. If we would only respect, explore, and actualize it.

 

 

 

The Dark Ages have not yet ended. The world is still suffocating in the strangleholds of superstition, lack of enlightenment, and resulting malice.

 

 

 

We can only come into our own by recognizing no god is interceding and all we have is one another, the rest of nature, and the future.

 

 

 

The problem with successful ruthless or lucky people is often their conviction that their positive attributes brought them this far.

 

 

 

Too many people could not care less about us unless we matter in their nearsighted plans. This may make them swindlers in social displays.

 

 

 

Humans create unnecessarily harsh conditions. To address them, we must comprehend them, question asserted causes, and imagine alternatives.

 

 

 

afraid of the facts about cats and mice

and what these might entail

they decided to live entrapped in lies

assisting the scheme not to fail

 

 

 

Truth is never ugly even if it conveys circumstances we’d rather not have occur. It innocently and loyally points to causes for offenses that we must understand if we are to resolve them.

 

 

 

looking for reasons

after we act

proves us blind

and prejudiced

 

 

 

truths are simple

we complicate

to excuse not heeding them

 

 

 

unable to find ourselves

we may take on shapes

disguising we don't know who we are

 

 

 

i live in the mirror

beyond the pane

where semblances dare not go

out here i am superficial and vain

hoping my faults will not show

 

 

 

masked by compassion righteousness

or mere informational concerns

many seek solace

in hardships of others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV. TRUTH AND DECEPTION

 

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