SuperFunHappyChick

I'm an intense, hyperactive woman with an imagination in overdrive who loves her Husby, her two Wonder Wieners, and her emerging career as an author and photographer.

Wednesday, January 11

Declaration of Fundependence

I'm reading a book that started with a quote that quoted parts of the Declaration of Independence, and commented, basically, that it is patriotic to exercise our fundamental right to "...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." SuperFunHappyChick is in good company. The very founders of our country thought that fun was important enough to be one of the fundamental tenants of a document stating the purpose of forming an entire new country. Yea, baby.

I've worked out five days in a row. I have marks on the backs of my arms from a particularly challenging yoga pose yesterday. Goooooo, me!

3 Comments:

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Rinn said...

I'm reading a book that quotes the Dalai Lama as saying that the purpose of life is finding happiness. But not pleasure...just happiness. There is a difference. But finding happiness works for me!

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger SuperFunHappyChick said...

Hmmm. I don't consciously make a distinction between those two. How would you define or quantify the difference between happiness and pleasure?

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger Rinn said...

Well, the Dalai Lama says that we should make decisions in life based on what would bring us happiness, not just pleasure. So his example was a woman who desperately wanted to move out of the city and to a small town in the mountains. The only problem was that she loved her job in the city. Then she was offered a job in the small town. She knew living in the small town would bring her pleasure, but that the new job would not lead to long-term happiness, wherein her current job did. So the happiness of her current life's work beat out the pleasure of life in the small town and she stayed in the city. I don't know myself. Trying to understand Buddhist concepts is rarely easy. But you know, if you find happiness, then why wouldn't pleasure go along with it, right? I guess he means pleasure for pleasure's sake should not come before happiness. OK, shutting up now.

 

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