here, always a positive nor the best state of mind for the circumstance.
I knew that. A lot of people don't seem to get hung up on words and their meaning the way I do. Happiness, love, freedom, liberty, fairness -- and a lot of bigger words that in most cases are less complicated to define than those relatively short, often used ones -- they all make me pause now and then and realize my definition probably isn't yours. Ever since Tom Jefferson, et al, wrote that nine lettered word and made it a standard for this country the idea has, in a sense, been taken in vain, as once people did the names of deities. June Gruber, the author of that relatively short article from a Berkeley publication called Greater Good Newsletter, explains that the current spate of articles and books about the necessity of raising happy children, as well as being happy oneself, is really another media hype. Yes, I knew that.
For most of human life the concept of happiness probably didn't exist. I think contentment was once sought after and could be attained with a full belly and a nice warm fire and maybe a few animal skins to wrap oneself in. When those basic conditions were met, humans would have purred like a kitten if purring were part of our vocal mechanism. As civilizations advanced we made up a lot more words but I wonder how long it took to come up with "happy" also with "love." Surely "freedom and liberty" came much, much later. And "serenity" -- oh that's a complex one beneath the surface, isn't it? Not to get into this too deep, let me just wonder which of those words mean the most to the senior citizens like myself -- by the way I haven't used "security." -- that underlies most of the others, doesn't it. Security, I think is quite a late comer to our group of generalities, and most seek it much harder than any of the other biggies.
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