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    Happiness is like a bird with twenty wings
    try to catch him as he flies
    Happiness is like a bird that only sings
    when his head is in the skies

    You can try to make him walk beside you
    You can say the door is open wide
    If you grab at him, woe betide you,
    I know because I've tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Legion View Post
    Happiness is just a mechanism used for the reinforcement of behaviours, it's not good in and of itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Qwan View Post
    Is it possible to be truly satisfied, free from the endless gnawing inside that tells you things are not as they should be? Is it possible to achieve true harmony with your sense of ethics and those in your innermost circle?
    If by happiness you mean that you come to a place where you will be free from desiring more? Then no I dont think that is possible by normal people, buddhist monks maybe. Every movement in the direction of what we want gives us a vantage point from which new possibilities are seen. So yes, we will become enchanted with these new ideas and create desire from them.

    Is it possible to acheive true harmony with your sense of ethics? Only if you don't require others to share them then yes I suppose it is. Making peace with them is what I have done but I dont expect my ethics to be practised by anyone except me. I also know that sometimes me practising my ethics will disadvantage me also. Thats just life.

    With my inner circle, no I dont strive for total harmoney with those who are my friends. Its more fun if we are different enough to have some discord and disagree a bit. Friendships are better when you have some aspects you have in common and others that you dont.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanaynay View Post
    you're a mean one, mr. grinch...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Qwan View Post
    Is it possible to be truly satisfied, free from the endless gnawing inside that tells you things are not as they should be? Is it possible to achieve true harmony with your sense of ethics and those in your innermost circle?
    I would like to think so.

    However, let's be real. If humans were wired to be satisfied with what we currently had, we'd still be living in the Stone Age. There are positives to longing for something greater, I guess it's about whether you allow this to take over your life...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chthonic View Post
    If by happiness you mean that you come to a place where you will be free from desiring more? Then no I dont think that is possible by normal people, buddhist monks maybe. Every movement in the direction of what we want gives us a vantage point from which new possibilities are seen. So yes, we will become enchanted with these new ideas and create desire from them.

    Is it possible to acheive true harmony with your sense of ethics? Only if you don't require others to share them then yes I suppose it is. Making peace with them is what I have done but I dont expect my ethics to be practised by anyone except me. I also know that sometimes me practising my ethics will disadvantage me also. Thats just life.

    With my inner circle, no I dont strive for total harmoney with those who are my friends. Its more fun if we are different enough to have some discord and disagree a bit. Friendships are better when you have some aspects you have in common and others that you dont.
    Very interesting. So monks are free of desire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kullervo View Post
    I would like to think so.

    However, let's be real. If humans were wired to be satisfied with what we currently had, we'd still be living in the Stone Age. There are positives to longing for something greater, I guess it's about whether you allow this to take over your life...
    Indeed, we would not even leave Africa.
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    Divine discontent - it drives me.

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    If you fixed you brain system a bit, yes.
    Imagine this is the best thing you've ever read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Qwan View Post
    Very interesting. So monks are free of desire?
    They are free from rebirth, of a metaphoric sense. They are pristine, in that they may loll in mud but emerge as they were dropped; there is no facet to their self by which dirt will cling to.

    This is where one is said to be "bound upstream", there is no longer an eye for what's gone before.
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