I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don’t mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is PART of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep” and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness.” Ask yourself, “Is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is..
~ Hugh MacKay
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’
~ Isaac Asimov
Balanced people go nowhere. They stay in one spot.
~ Robert Kyosaki – “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”
There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.
~ John Steinbeck – ” The Grapes of Wrath”
“The influences of the senses has in most men overpowered the mind to the degree that the walls of space and time have come to look solid, real and insurmountable; and to speak with levity of these limits in the world is the sign of insanity.”
Mindfulness is an impartial watchfulness. It does not take sides. It does not get hung up in what is perceived. It just perceives. Mindfulness does not get infatuated with the good mental states. It does not try to sidestep the bad mental states. There is no clinging to the pleasant, no fleeing from the unpleasant. Mindfulness sees all experiences as equal, all thoughts as equal, all feelings as equal. Nothing is suppressed. Nothing is repressed. Mindfulness does not play favorites.
From “Mindfulness in Plain English”
Dicen que los esquimales tienen muchas palabras para distinguir distintos tipos de nieve, ya que dependiendo del estado, el tipo de nieve tiene una función u otra.
En España tenemos :
Me da igual
me la pela
me la suda
yo que sé
no va conmigo
me la trae floja
es lo que hay
ajo y agua
que me importa
Son expresiones que nos exoneran de cualquier responsabilidad por lo que esté pasando al nuestro alrededor.
¿Será por que la indiferencia sea una cualidad que prevalece en nuestra cultura?