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Philosophy Tuesday

June 27, 2017

This is a philosophical statement.  It is intended to spark thinking and examining.

If you spend any time within the Happiest Place On Earth*, there’s one for-sure thing:  you will see a lot of very much not happy people.

And for this I don’t mean just upset two year olds who dropped their ice cream.  I mean of all ages, of all cultures, of all types.

Doesn’t matter who or where, we are all the same in this way… we can be most riotously miserable no matter the circumstances.  Even in the midst of lavish surroundings catering to the entire panoply of delight, giddiness, amusement, thrills, savoury, sweet, colourful, surprising, and all manner of enchanted storybooking come to life, even with all that pulling for at the very least a smidge of amusement, we can yet be downright upset, morose, and blah.  Perhaps, even, for the whole day.

How fascinating!

There’s something really great about witnessing this.

For while it may, at first, be distressing that we appear to be so readily thrown towards the dark, even while we stand in the midst of a thousand lights, it isn’t.  For this equally indicates that the reverse is for-sure true:  our circumstances are, quite often, just our circumstances, and even when we are caught visiting the Most Miserable Place on Earth** we can also totally be a very much happy person.

In spite of our circumstances, we have agency.  It is something we can work towards.  We can gain the freedom to be, no matter the circumstances.

We may not always be as happy as a tagline, but also we needn’t suffer.

And when we are in a place full of play, we can jump and squeal and run about and indeed really make ourselves the happiest place to be.

 

* Disneyland, according to their tagline…

** Not sure a theme park with this tagline would be all that popular, really.

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