JOY IN NONSENSE. How can men take joy in nonsense? They do so, wherever there is laughter-in fact, one can almost say that wherever there is happiness there is joy in nonsense. It gives us pleasure to turn experience into its opposite, to turn purposefulness into purposelessness, necessity into arbitrariness, in such a way that the process does no harm and is performed simply out of high spirits. For it frees us momentarily from the forces of necessity, purposefulness, and experience, in which we usually see our merciless masters. We can laugh and play when the expected (which usually frightens us and makes us tense) is discharged without doing harm.
Happiness. It’s what we all say we want out of life, yet it seems to elude so many of us so often. The United States is the wealthiest country in the world but only ranks 17th when measured by the happiness index.
This podcast is a follow up to “Sleeping With The Enemy”. We try to reflect a bit on the nature of happiness and how to enjoy it when it comes your way.
- We reference a study from Princeton University that claims $75,000 is the national income level where money affects happiness. Over that amount it makes far less of an impact. You can read the study here: http://www.pnas.org/content/107/38/16489.abstract
- Here is a list that attempts to apply the standard state by state: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/map-happiness-benchmark_n_5592194.html