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    #1719956 - 07/16/03 12:04 AM (20 years, 11 months ago)

"There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness."
- Alexandre Dumas

I think that this quote has a lot of truth to it. Emotions are completely relative, and after growing accustomed to suffering and despair, true happiness and contentment are somewhat easier to come by.

Imagine you have had a terrible day and are walking down the street and an attractive member of the opposite sex (or same sex, whatever) smiles and says hi to you. This can completely change your mood and help to take your mind off of the things that were bothering you. It can send your day in a completely different direction just by helping you to realize that good things do eventually happen. If the exact same thing had happened while you were walking down the street, already in a good mood, it would still be flattering, but it doesn't lift you up to a new level like in the other scenario. This is just a stupid little example that I thought of off of the top of my head to demonstrate my thoughts, but I think that it applies a lot more to a situation of prolonged suffering or sadness and finding true happiness, rather than just a bad day turning into a good one.



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Re: suffering [Re: dawn of a new day]
    #1720021 - 07/16/03 12:25 AM (20 years, 11 months ago)

I totally agree.

That's why I'm in no rush to gain financial wealth. It will only be nice for a very short time.

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Re: suffering [Re: dawn of a new day]
    #1720038 - 07/16/03 12:29 AM (20 years, 11 months ago)

for many, suffering is fun.. until they realize various dimensions of sufferage


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Re: suffering [Re: dawn of a new day]
    #1720626 - 07/16/03 05:02 AM (20 years, 11 months ago)

The relativity is only in the intensity of the emotional response to variations in satisfaction and dissatisfaction. But it's possible to find another kind of happiness by letting go of the passions and just enjoy being alive.

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Re: suffering [Re: Rhizoid]
    #1721367 - 07/16/03 11:34 AM (20 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

just enjoy being alive.




That's where i often get comfort when things don't go well. When it happens, i believe it's not a question of having hope, it's a question of knowing you can move on because... you're alive.
Sometimes we got to have patience even for ourselves.

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