Pursuit is Optional

The “pursuit” of happiness is neither “required” nor an unalienable “right” (endowed by a “Creator”).

Happiness need not be pursued to be experienced. Happiness is an emotion. Humans can be he happy or not at any time both for and without any reason – regardless of what they do or do not do or pursue. Pursuit also does not necessarily lead to attainment. Anyone’s happiness or lack of it has more to with their own attitudes and choices than their “rights”. And with the possible exception of some artificially inseminated or cloned creatures cultivated from conception to “completion” in a laboratory, no human has been “created” since the Biblical “Adam” (and “Eve”); humans are “born” – and sometimes “again”.

Whether (or not) we are happy (once or again and again), on the other hand, is a “condition” humans can “create” – regardless of circumstances. Happiness is in many ways a habit – related to perspective. How we view things and the meaning we give them influences how we feel. The more we see and feel a certain way, the easier it is to do so. Regardless of personality, temperament, or circumstance, anyone can be happy – and the more often someone is happy, the more likely, easily, often, and longer he or she will be happy again.

Life and liberty are also not really (God-given) “rights” (or “properties”). Death is inevitable and can occur at any time. Ideas, ideals, and ideologies regarding freedom, liberty, and justice (for anyone, let alone for all) seldom seem seen in society. Tyranny, terrorism, slavery, and servitude are more the rule than the exception.

A “right” is what is “left” – defined and defended (as more than just a “privilege”); it must be protected to be preserved. A sense of “entitlement” (and “expectation” without action) often leads to the “erosion” of “rights” and the expansion of “wrongs” (either “experienced” or perceived to “exist”). While nobody may be “entitled” to “happiness” and the “reasons” anyone ever is or is not “happy” are entirely their own, no “right” or permission is ever needed (from others) to feel however someone may (desire to). With life comes the “liberty” to perceive and experience what we can – including happiness. Emotions and (imaginary) “rights” are more likely to be “elusive” and “at risk” when pursued rather than when practiced. Pursuit is optional – as is happiness itself.

Viva La Difference!

Women are equal to men? All men were created equal? Neither was ever so – nor need be.

Equality is a myth. Not even twins or clones are equal. Even your own body is not symmetrical and balanced. We are all unique and different (just like every else) – not necessarily in any or all ways better or worse nor more or less worthy or deserving but certainly none of us the same or equal. In every Socialist State, Secret Society, Animal Farm, or Family, some are always “more equal” than others.

We all have talent(s) – but some have more or less than others. What anyone else may or may not have has little to do with what we may. Some of us will always be taller or shorter, darker or lighter, fatter or skinnier, stronger or weaker, faster or slower, and more or less able or accomplished compared to others at any given time. Even though we may all have more in common than not, it is our differences that make us who we are.

Equality is not needed. It would be better to help each other appreciate and develop both our own and others’ assets and attributes than to pretend we are or should be (treated) all equally (and interchangeably) the same regardless of who or how we are and what we may or may not do, desire, need, care about, or be capable of.

All that glitters is not gold; nor is gold always best. A “talent” was an ancient measure of silver – and ability.

It much not enough to merely “have talent”; like “potential”, for it to be worth anything, it must be recognized, developed, and applied. Education and encouragement cannot guarantee enthusiasm, let alone “evolution”. Innate talent is often more important than acquired skill and experience, but talent without acquired skill and experience is seldom of much use or value – especially compared to those who (continually) cultivate theirs.

Identifying, edifying, and appreciating your assets, attributes, and innate talents creates more than just a silver lining in life but a glittering glimmer in your eyes worth more than gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, or any other measure of material wealth. Gems are clearly not the only nor best (measure of) “riches” – but like them, much of our “real” and perceived value comes from being both rare and genuine.

Invest time, energy, and effort into increasing your own worth. Don’t try nor desire to be like anyone else.

A window may allow us to see

An item need not actually be broken to no longer be usable. Often this is by design.

Apoptosis is the biological term for programmed cell death. It serves a positive purpose. Without it, cancer results (in uncontrolled and often unending growth and development – that ultimately results in the death of the entire person rather than the replacement of individual cells). Continue reading

Alternatives to Retail

Many products we buy are really social signals first – and material objects second. Our social-primate brains evolved to pursue one central goal: looking good in the eyes of others – especially those who might protect or mate with us. Buying impressive products in a money-based economy is just the most recent way to fulfill that goal. Continue reading

Living with and without

According to U.S. News and World Report, the 10 things Americans can’t live without are: portable computers, high-speed internet access, smart phones, education, movies, television, music downloads, pets, alcoholic beverages, and coffee.

Are these the top 10 most important things in YOUR life (that you could “not” do without)? Continue reading

Copper Dollars

A penny saved is a penny earned? Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves? A (magic) penny that doubles it’s (“compounded“) value every day would very quickly be “worth” more than a million (paper) dollars. What do YOU think about pennies – and dollars?

Offering a penny for someone’s thoughts doesn’t usually make putting their two cents in “worth” doing (or a fair exchange of “value”). Even offering a dollar (coin) is not likely to change things much. Pennies used to be made out of copper (and nickels out of nickel). Today, they no longer are. Dollar coins were once big, heavy, and made out of silver. Today, dollar coins are golden in color and made mainly out of copper (and a little zinc, manganese, and nickel) – and are lighter than two quarters, four dimes, two nickels, four pennies, and an average car key. Continue reading

Hi Ho Silver, Away!

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You don’t have to be The Lone Ranger, wear a mask, or even ride a horse, to appreciate the value of SILVER. Silver has been used and valued around the world for thousands of years – and is becoming increasingly “dear”. “Rein” in whatever you can get hold of – before the price of silver starts to run away.

If SILVER is your “horse”, you should ride, ride, ride. Continue reading