Sunday 1 August 2010

Forum: Reasons to be cheerful

Strands of discussion:
  • What is happiness?
  • Is happiness an inborn disposition?
  • In Life of Brian, he sang “Always look on the bright side” when he was nailed to the cross, is this example of “cheerful disposition”? Or plain denial, admitting defeat?
  • Can everyone be as happy as the other?
  • Are we by nature Schadenfreude – only happy at other’s misfortune?
  • Pursuit of happiness conforms to the American way of life, equivalent of the pursuit of material possessions?
  • Is it an insidious way of dumbing-down?

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