PHILOSOPHY OF HAPPINESS

 

 A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION BY MARTIN JANELLO

passive aggression

and lack of care

do more harm

than confrontation

 

 

 

i like to watch candles

because they remind me

that we can burn showing

warmth light and grace

 

 

 

We call those who do not give up against great odds principled geniuses if they succeed and tragic fools if they fail.

 

 

 

principled people

may get broken

others get by

being bent and subdued

 

 

 

another day

running down the meter

meaning competing

with energy lost

 

 

 

How many of us keep asking whether they do everything possible to avail themselves of happiness and then keep acting on this insight?

 

 

 

we must not dwell

where the heart is contained

 

 

 

we cannot help those

who won't pay attention

 

 

 

the world could be healed

if we came to our aid

assisting one another

 

 

 

we lift from the past

to reach for the future

 

 

 

at times we use

goodbyes to others

seeking to separate

parts of ourselves

 

 

 

we stand up against gravity

yet also value its grounding

many conditions are like that

 

 

 

with the setting of the sun

review the gifts of day

make plans

for what you would have done

had time not slipped away

 

 

 

the primary rule of education

is learning to feel and show

love for the world

 

 

 

We sometimes mistake trite and true.

 

 

 

attention to signs

rarely anything

grabs us unannounced

 

 

 

ponder and search

how to meet your self

 

 

 

Those sailing through are not trained to deal with adversity.

 

 

 

Loving only yourself leaves your capacities sadly underutilized.

 

 

 

some day soon

it might fall back on knights

defending the weak to the grave

 

 

 

wanting our life to rhyme

sometimes leads to forced endings

 

 

 

Be in you and everything else.

 

 

 

Every place reflects its inhabitants' souls - sooner or later.

 

 

 

we are destined

to be deconstructed

and reassembled by love

 

 

 

those who would betray us

can only hurt us

if we betray first ourselves to them

 

 

 

Care who shapes your memories.

 

 

 

all worthwhile roads

cross one another

 

 

 

societies like

their philosophers dead

evading compelling reproach

 

 

 

Those trying to make all their dreams come true must have either selective memory or a craving for punishment.

 

 

 

power’s inherent in sensitive souls

their warmth eventually melts the ice

as surely as spring in moderate zones

if they keep and shine their lights

 

 

 

rock bottom

grants opportunity

to get up

and take a stand

 

 

 

Sayings quoted a million times or coined by someone we admire may contain truth. Still we must not accept them without critical inquiry.

 

 

 

the only fair contest

is within you

proving you're better

than before

 

 

 

give replace take

love replace hate

work replace fate

 

 

 

what if

the cockroach you just killed

would have given rise

to a new zenith of nature

after humanity is gone

 

 

 

We can end all considerations whether glasses are half full or empty by changing to smaller glasses.

 

 

 

we may have reasons

to curse our lives

but we would only

sentence ourselves

 

 

 

extending our light

deep into the night

we fail to experience

morning’s promise

and run to catch up all day

 

 

 

some desire eternal night

some wish for endless day

i love balance of dark and light

but not in a sense of gray

 

 

 

if we would only

acknowledge people

and make them feel

they matter to us

exceeding coexistence

 

 

 

truly connected

we would not bear

the suffering of others

 

 

 

The epitome of stupidity is believing others are or have been much smarter and following them on that basis.

 

 

 

don't hold a speech

just talk to people

 

 

 

frustration endeavors seducing us

to lower appropriate standards

 

 

 

having no reason to be one's friend

thus is true friendship defined

 

 

 

life is cruel

is stating a fact

what makes it so

causes reason to act

 

 

 

a man attempting

control of a woman

is like a dog

trying to train a cat

 

 

 

happiness

is not easily found

defining our goals

in a negative fashion

 

 

 

scientists claim

life runs in circles

i have proof

because my life does

 

 

 

humans without restraint

are prone to exert abuse

but so are humans

in charge of such restraint

 

 

 

A most intractable issue of humanity is that we become frustrated when we cannot reach our objectives, but also after we have accomplished them.

 

 

 

i will not follow

who won't follow me

loathe disinterested vanity

 

 

 

the clueless and those of depravity

and others who won't dare trying

worsen this planet’s gravity

but cannot keep us from flying

 

 

 

It is revealing and self-defeating how little interest many philosophical thinkers show in the ideas of others, hoping this will keep their mental houses of cards unscathed.

 

 

 

embracing the earth

should be natural

after all

she’s our mother

 

 

 

running out

of pictures of you

gives you a chance

to look at yourself

 

 

 

we may say myths

are unreal stories

but tell them for reasons

telling on us

 

 

 

We are old when we believe or realize we can no longer escape our past.

 

 

 

the only conditions able to haunt us

are undead snippets of ourselves

 

 

 

Too much has never happened to do the right thing.

 

 

 

we are on this earth

not to seek emptiness

but harmonious fulfillment

 

 

 

we deem ourselves civilized

when we don't physically abuse

but are still primitive brutes

if we don't equally mind

mental pain we inflict

 

 

 

Those calling people stupid often overlook that many pretend so they can avoid facing other shortcomings.

 

 

 

don't trouble yourself

forming words to impress me

if you're not ready

to listen as well

 

 

 

We are partial to confirmations of our views because they prove acumen. However, we must seek all three by rigorous questioning to live a life of truth and best chances for happiness.

 

 

 

When we look for reasons to help other than need, we aim to generally justify our denial of assistance.

 

 

 

most people can't stand

being just with themselves

and tensely withdraw

from this uncharted land

 

 

 

we may change manners

looks stories friends cars

we still have to live

with who we are

 

 

 

we fight others fearing

there is not enough

when this is the reason

we and they are lacking

 

 

 

Being loved grants power to make people comply. Loving grants the attitude to not take advantage of that power.

 

 

 

free kind words can lighten

familiar and unknown woe

why then do heart purses tighten

preventing love to flow

 

 

 

The secret of success generally lies in climbing without a fear of heights while being aware of their presence.

 

 

 

we can establish eden

if we learn of harmony

within ourselves

with others

and nature

 

 

 

Some of the most forbidding limits and treacherous derailments we meet are those we set for ourselves.

 

 

 

why give more attention

to those who give us less

 

 

 

There is an end to everything, even to ends when they are forgotten.

 

 

 

Pretentiousness reveals fear of not being enough.

 

 

 

we had a look at the open door

but feasible paths are such a bore

blocked access compels our interest

 

 

 

practice steadfast calm and kindness

or let confusion and evil win

 

 

 

The world feels to you like you do.

 

 

 

beauty and wit

matched by

grace and grit

 

 

 

a multitude of parallel universes

can be easily confirmed

by sampling the mindsets of people

 

 

 

gold you hoard

survives you cold

inheritors glad it is freed

 

 

 

Still too many looking for a friend.

 

 

 

what am i is a senseless question

better to ask what effect do i have

 

 

 

expecting concepts to rhyme

may reflect childish attitudes

toward language liberty and logic

all the more magical is it if they do

 

 

 

teaching children

the use of words

so they won't use fists

or one day swords

 

 

 

some say in this age

male traits are outdated

i say they are not

developed enough

 

 

 

We must fight fears, not one another.

 

 

 

how many clothing customs

are instruments of repression

 

 

 

to not express our pain

and its sources

inserts them even deeper

 

 

 

Cultures valuing good looks pressure their members to take care of their bodies. So much for superficiality.

 

 

 

programmed relief

arrives with buying

dour replacement

for purpose in life

 

 

 

humanity stoops

to monstrosities

it then spends most energy

fighting

 

 

 

a frequent blunder

with feeling special

is the assumption

that others are not

 

 

 

freedom becomes real

when we stop buying

what we are sold

without consideration

 

 

 

hand in hand

by mutual respect

prevents them

from picking up weapons

 

 

 

Many deem dealing with things easier than dealing with people. They may therefore also prefer to deal with people as or through things.

 

 

 

Most crucial choices are disarmingly simple. Some of us complicate them to avoid or delay them being made.

 

 

 

we buy better televisions

in hopes they improve

our programming

 

 

 

catching the flow

with varied utensils

truth is

we can’t hold anything

not even ourselves

for very long

 

 

 

problems are like slippery eels

that live in morasses of souls

we must rise till we free our heels

to sunlight above these shoals

 

 

 

false virtue

hounds virtuosity

envious

of life's enjoyment

 

 

 

When we deem new beginnings impossible or too arduous, we resist them, aiming to defeat ourselves in an infight between fear and hope.

 

 

 

A deeper reason many are afraid of the rise of artificial intelligence is that its programming forces us to reflect on, comprehend, and justify or adjust our mental and behavioral patterns.

 

 

 

We are taught to love everyone. But if we told or showed everybody we love them, we would be judged insane.

 

 

 

The worst self-inflicted torture is halting and fixing your life waiting for someone to return your love. Move on and maybe revisit if you still care.

 

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