Thursday, March 16, 2006

An Interesting Question

"What makes you happy?"

It seems like happiness is what everyone aims for. Success, money, riches, power, and material things always are desirable in our society. No matter how bluntly people put it, if a Lamborghini Diablo crept by slowly across your eyes, you'd gaze at it and marvel at it and praise it no matter who you were.

First thing that came to my mind thinking about this question was a song. Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You.

Some people live for the fortune
Some people live just for the fame
Some people live for the power, yeah
Some people live just to play the game
Some people think that the physical things
Define what's within
I've been there before
that life's a bore
So full of the superficial

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, yeah

Some people search for a fountain
That promises forever young
Some people need three dozen roses
And that's the only way to prove you love 'em
Hand me the world on a silver plater
And what good would it be
no one to share
no one who truly cares for me

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, you, you
Some people want it all
but I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, yeah

If I ain't got you with me baby

Oh, so nothing in this whole
wide world dont mean a thing

If I aint got you with me baby




I couldn't have put it better. However, this world is so blinded by society that, even though this is what everyone truly desires, they end up giving up their own dreams for nothing but a taste of society's manipulation. I'm sure riches, money, power, sex are some of the things that people would choose to say for this question. But all of these things bring happiness for a moment. Is happiness not meant to last? Hmm.....




I'll answer this question personally - as if it was asked to me only. The question, I think, is flawed. There are many things that bring me happiness. I can't even put them in order in which they bring me happiness. So many people have seen my negative sides that they probably wouldn't believe that I wrote this blog. Seriously, I'm that negative.

I'll even prove to you how negative I am.

Example: The first thing I was going to bring up was Love. Everything that involves love. You know that someone loves you when they smile, when you look them in the eyes. When they say it. When they feel it. When they mean it. But it has it's flaws. Everything does. Love is unfair. Love is sometimes cruel. Love can bring you happiness infinitely greater than any other thing in the world, but love can also bring you more pain than all the love you have ever felt. To put it bluntly, I would say that love is the easiest thing that can cross the line between good and evil. You never know if this love is true until the end. So what if you trusted? There is always a chance that this love is not true. That it has blinded you for good. Even until death, you may never know that your wife has cheated on you.

Now that I've proven my point about my negativity, let's move on to more hardcore thoughts.

Truth:
Truth is one thing that I am definitely interested in and will bring happiness to me. One thing about love described in the Bible is that, "love rejoices in truth." Just from that, you know that truth is love. True love brings me happiness. Thus, truth will bring me happiness.

Knowledge:
This is basically a breakdown of truth. Recall a class that I took called Theory of Knowledge. It asked the question: How do you know if anything is true? What if this is all a matrix? What if this is all a dream? Well, ladies and gents, that's why it all comes down to trust and faith and beliefs. I believe that I'm pressing keys, which triggers certain electronic signals to the motherboard, which is then processed through the CPU, and loaded into a software that is currently running through loads of RAM and a fast hard-drive. I don't believe that I'm typing on bunch of plastic and a spirit guides these letters on the plastic pieces to the screen that I am looking at right now. I don't believe that computer manufacturers are shammans. Is it possible? Why not? Of course, it's possible. I just choose not to believe. But it's good to have knowledge. Experiences. Even to explain how the spirits and shammans could fit into the working processes of a computer, you need that knowledge. Even to understand it. Knowledge. It's a powerful thing.



All these are very general things. However, my happiness stems from them.


Recall that I had said, "the question is flawed." You cannot choose one thing to bring you happiness. Shit, I forgot to put up there that bringing happiness to God is one thing that brings me happiness. It also makes me happy to do things for others that I love. I can keep listing them. But forget that. The question is flawed. There is no way you could answer this question and be satisfied. Unless, of course, if you're just a pervert, just a money-mongerer, just ... whatever.


Man.. too many flaws in this world.


What brings YOU happiness?

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