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6,000 YEAR OLD COUPLE

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Old couples know it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of our bodies.
We’re pleased to know that sex has nothing to do with happiness.
It’s good to know there’s is at least one person who needs our help.
We discovered that no sex is good sex. Being together is fine.
Love is the joy of  listening to each other talk about nothing.
We know what we mean before we say it, but we listen anyway.
Our aches and pains are more interesting than the evening news.
There’s comfort in the sound of snoring. We’re both still here.
I know I’ll miss you and you’ll miss me when we’re gone.
Most of all, we know we’re always together no matter where we are.

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By Lawrence R. Spencer. 2011.

HAPPINESS

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Hemingway-HappinessThe Pulitzer Prize winning American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) said “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know”.  
At the end of his life Hemingway was being chased by the FBI and IRS because he lived in Cuba and was a friend of Fidel Castro, a communist, who opposed the Rothschild international bankers ambition control of the world.  Understandably, Hemingway, also a long time alcoholic, became depressed and suicidal.  His wife sent him to a mental hospital where they gave him dozens of electric shock treatments and heavy drugs to “cure” his depression.  Two days after being released from the hospital his shot himself in the head with his double-barreled shotgun! Hemingway was super-intelligent, but unhappy.
Hemingway is an example that Intelligence, alone, is not the “key to happiness”.  I remembered what Krishnamurti said:
Jiddu Krishnamurti“…you have the idea that only certain people hold the key to the Kingdom of Happiness. No one holds it. No one has the authority to hold that key. That key is your own self, and in the development and the purification and in the incorruptibility of that self alone is the Kingdom of Eternity….
You have been accustomed to being told how far you have advanced, what is your spiritual status. How childish! Who but yourself can tell you if you are incorruptible?  I am not concerned, nor with creating new cages, nor new decorations for those cages. My only concern is to set men absolutely, unconditionally free.”
 
It is interesting that Krishnamurti uses the words “development, purification and incorruptibility” to describe the “key” to happiness.  Perhaps this  describes the path we have can follow to discover the truth and happiness.  
Perhaps it is not as important to be “happy” as it is to see the truth and not become corrupted or depressed by it.  Maybe our “development” and “incorruptibility” demand and require that we become “depressed” sometimes as part of our “development”.  And, as part of our progress toward Freedom, which is an essential part of Happiness.

HAPPINESS IS NOT

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I have been thinking a lot about “happiness” recently.  There are many different definitions of this word.  In an English language dictionary defines “happiness” as:

elatedness, elation, exhilaration, exultation, high,intoxication; ecstasy, euphoria, glory, heaven, nirvana,paradise, rapture, rapturousness, ravishment, seventh heaven, transport; delectation, delight, enjoyment,pleasure; cheer, cheerfulness, comfort, exuberance,gaiety (also gayety), gladsomeness, glee, gleefulness,jocundity, jollity, joyfulness, joyousness, jubilance,jubilation, lightheartedness, merriness, mirth; content,contentedness, gratification, satisfaction, triumph.

Here are a few ideas I have about what happiness is, and what it is not….

THE CLIMB

SHARE WATER

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SHARE WATER

Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 satirical science fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians. The novel explores his interaction with—and eventual transformation of—terrestrial culture. The title is an allusion to the phrase in Exodus 2:22. According to Heinlein, the novel’s working title was The Heretic. Several later editions of the book have promoted it as “The most famous Science Fiction Novel ever written”.  Heinlein got the idea for the novel when he and his wife had some brainstorming one evening in 1948, and she suggested a new version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, where a human child is raised by Martians instead of wolves. He decided to go further with the idea, and worked on the story on and off for more than a decade before it was complete.  In 1962, this version received the Hugo Award for Best Novel.  The book was a success from the start. Eventually Stranger in a Strange Land became a cult classic.