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Happiness vs Human Misery

I like to read quotes by people. It has been a of mine since childhood. There have been many great poets, scholars, scientists, leaders, celebrities and famous personalities who have expressed their thoughts, observations and dreams in unforgettable .

Quotations by great people contain the essence of their wisdom and lifelong experiences in short sentences that can be motivational and inspirational or just funny and entertaining.

But sometimes I come across quotes like

You can be happy where you are.

If you want to be happy, be. (Tolstoy)

The time to be happy is now. The place to be is here. Happiness comes from your own actions. (Dalai lama)

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. (Abraham Lincoln)

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. depends upon ourselves. (Aristotle)

And I wonder if it is really possible to be happy when your life is steeped in disease, poverty, hunger and deprivation?.

I am not talking about diamond necklaces, Ferrari or huge mansions. Can we train our minds and hearts so much that we do not feel the absence of things. is it really possible to be happy when sick or poor or disabled or handicapped in any way.

What about being jobless or alone, poverty ridden or abused? These quotations are by some great people but do you think their words trivialize human ?

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bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:26 AM

Believe it or not with a proper mind set even the most deprived can live happily. And by the way I do not see much of you here nowadays. Hope all's well with you.

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:34 AM

I have visited some terminally ill patients and how some of them have taken their illness in their stride and do show signs of peace.

Dawnwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:54 AM

I was away for about 2 weeks and had tons of unpacking to do. Hopefully I will pick up pace in coming days. It's nice to know I was missed emoticon :smile: Thanks.

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:07 AM

You are one of the vibrant users here and when you are not seen around it becomes obvious!!

ElfenLied21 wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:19 AM

I guess if people can be happy about one thing is that they are alive despite their misery. I have met people who have had a positive outlook on life despite hardships. I guess their thought is that it could be worse, they could not be alive at all. I try to keep the same mind set as well although it is not without its challenges.

Jezebella wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:28 AM

I have seen poor families with considerably more love and security than rich families. I think mindset makes a huge difference. Of course being able to pay the bills helps

trufflehunter wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:15 AM

Wealth alone definitely doesn't make people happy but being really poor, it's hard to smile too.

agvulpes wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:13 AM

I think that between them Aristotle and the Dalai lama got it pretty well 'nailed'
I don't think 'money' has anything to do with being truly 'happy' :)

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:46 AM

Even the mediocre and the deprived have a right to be happy.

agvulpes wrote on January 12, 2015, 7:54 AM

"even" are you implying that they aren't? In my book 'everyone' has a so called 'right' to be happy :) ( I am not quite sure that 'right' is the correct word but I can't think of a better one to use at the moment emoticon :smile: I also believe that we all have it within ourselves to be happy :)

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 8:20 AM

I say this because everyone tries to be special and forgets this fact that even the mediocre have the right to be happy. I say right because people assume that those who are not special by default are not happy.

Secre wrote on January 12, 2015, 9:10 AM

I've never been more happy than when I found someone I want to spend the rest of my life with. All of the games, consoles, jewellery don't matter. I'd throw it all away any day if it was a choice between those material things and the one true happiness I've found.

soupdragon wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:07 PM

I love to collect positive quotations and I think they can really help me at times when life is a little tough, but I don't think they would be enough to get me through a really big crisis. Some quotations can be quite simplistic and don't really address the complex scenarios that many people have to deal with.

zabelle51 wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:57 PM

I think we can live without everything but love and human contact. If we have love, everything else is just frosting. :)

HappyLady wrote on February 6, 2015, 8:00 AM

I do think it is possible for even great people to trivialise human misery. Often the person speaking has either forgotten where they came from or never been where the people who are subject to misery are.