You Didn’t Build That

The real question would be, “Why didn’t you build that?” The founders talked about life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They didn’t say the capturing of happiness. They could have referred to happiness as a construct. You build your happiness on a solid foundation to get a good erection. That sounds like happiness. Mazlo would erect an edifice of self-actualization. Is that an internal thing or merely the slings and arrows of the outrageous unfortunates. Well, Dante put Epicurus in Hell. The caveat on that would be that Epicurus didn’t know he was in Hell. You’re as happy as you want to be. Clap your hands. If you look for fulfillment from stuff or from your relationships with other people you cede control of your own happiness. You need a guru. Guru = G-U-R-U = Gee, You Are You. That was from a song I heard on Dr Demento 30 years ago. I couldn’t find it on Youtube though. And I haven’t said anything truly original here either. It’s called learning from other peoples’ experiences. If I made religious claims based on their experiences I could be Propheting from it. If I profit from it I would be getting paid for the labor of others. Those with a lot of material wealth didn’t build it all themselves. Their employees did. Organizing and directing are valuable. Good management is vital to a business. So are employees. Ideologues imagine systems that simply don’t exist. Governments are inextricably linked to economics. The oldest forms of writing were tax records. Anything run by people will never be totally benevolent, that’s true of government, it’s true of businesses, it’s true of charities and nonprofits. I’ve noticed some op-ed people talk about sustainable economic systems. It strikes me as economic Darwinism when they loudly proclaim that socialism is unsustainable. Depending on the time frame you use the same could be said for every economic system ever tried. Eventually every society will either change to adapt to new situations or cease to exist. And after enough adaptations it will be completely different from it’s original form. Those adaptations will be caused by unhappy people. Tolstoi started Anna Karina with the line, “Happy families are all alike. Unhappy families are each unhappy in their own unique way.” The human race is just one big dysfunctional family.


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