We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...a lot of us seemed a lot happier, or at least less restless, before the Happiness Movement began bullying us. Myrna Blyth, a longtime editor in chief of Ladies' Home Journal, made this point explicitly in her 2004 book, "Spin Sisters." Ms. Blyth undertook an informal study of the themes in women's magazines as they evolved over recent decades, and concluded that what women have mostly gotten from their magazines is the message that they're never quite happy enough -- never good enough, never fulfilled enough, never far enough along on the path to "having it all."
Read the whole thing. My simple-minded theories are that, if you wonder whether you're happy, go out and try to please somebody else. Or get on your knees and ask the Lord what He wants you to do. Or go shoot some targets or birds: that always works because happiness is a warm gun.
Anon... not sure what a henweigh is... regional dialect can be difficult in this country... even yet. Good thing, by the way.
But ol' granny never had a problem twisting a hen to her demise off the end of her wrist. But she arbored hunting none the less. Her thoughts were, why kill the wild thing when the domesticated is so close at hand.
I guess it is the warm gun that carries the thrill.
I think a certain mild dissatisfaction is wired into us. In the present day, we get into a cycle of irritation over that because we can't quite get over the top, even if we are healthy, rich, and near loved ones. We think there must therefore be something wrong with us. Not necessarily.
Assistant Village Idiot
i think you're right -- dissatisfaction creates movement, and movement opposes entropy.