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Offlinezahudulallah
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They're all happy
    #3418290 - 11/28/04 03:28 AM (12 years, 13 days ago)

Ever notice that when you're walking down a busy street, people everywhere... you often unknowingly assume that everyone is happy with their lives?

Or even people that you know on some social level... or people who know you. Everyone assumes everyone is happy... like this is entwined with the old adage, "The world goes on with or without you".

A friend of mine recently told she was depressed all the time. It came as a shcok to me because I wouldn't have given that a second thought. I always assumed she was happy... and looking back on it, I always assume everyone is generally happy with their lives.


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Re: They're all happy [Re: zahudulallah]
    #3418307 - 11/28/04 03:37 AM (12 years, 13 days ago)

My problem is that I tend to think that everyone thinks like me. Or that everyone is like me. I learned that not everyone thinks this way.

I am honest, trustworthy, and mostly kind. Everyone is not like that.

I am optimistic, happy, and trusting. Everyone is not like that.

I used to think everyone was like me, but I had a revelation a few years ago and discovered that just because I think the way I think doesn't mean everyone else thinks the same way.


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Re: They're all happy [Re: zahudulallah]
    #3418334 - 11/28/04 03:52 AM (12 years, 13 days ago)

Acting happy is the 'way' to act. or so it seems. A good friend of mine, who from all appreances has a good outlook on life, good humour etc, confided that they've been suffering from major depression for a long time over much philosophical ideas and a lack of enthusiasm for society. He works non stop on his buisness and university degree but is constantly searching for the truth, what kind of truth i dont know...


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Re: They're all happy [Re: MovingTarget]
    #3418462 - 11/28/04 05:19 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

Funny, I always look at a crowd and assume that some, could be most, are unhappy.


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Re: They're all happy [Re: adasafa]
    #3418569 - 11/28/04 06:43 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

i look at people and see sullen grumpy faces,and whent ehy are not that they are jittering around laughing hysterically like madmen.
it always reminds me of how chimp-like we are,it makes me feel trapped to be some insecure perverted ape man.
how rare it is to find people who are mellow,people without that animal buzz,that chattering insanity or that damp and brown depressed vibe,these rare people are always more prevalent in the hallucinogenic drug culture,but some keep going too far out and become flakes.
its that middleground that i want,not a flake,yet not a trapped raging monkeyman

haha sounds like ive already flaked out


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Re: They're all happy [Re: zahudulallah]
    #3418585 - 11/28/04 06:54 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

Happy is a feeling, feelings are changing all the time ? Happy is just a word describing the fraction of a thought about a feeling ? Assuming among people, is the ego that believes too much in itself ? :smile:

He he, I know nothing, these are just ideas :smile:


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Re: They're all happy [Re: sagacity]
    #3418594 - 11/28/04 07:08 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

happy is a word that tries to crush in such a variety of things into one blank sloppy whole,like any word
experiencing is better than categorizing the experience and feeling some sort of shitty achievement for fitting into the categorical mold.
or whatever haha


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Re: They're all happy [Re: zahudulallah]
    #3418633 - 11/28/04 07:33 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

Quote:

zahudulallah said:
Ever notice that when you're walking down a busy street, people everywhere... you often unknowingly assume that everyone is happy with their lives?




Ive never assumed that, I think this a cultural-specific condition. In Jamaica, people only smile when they are truly happy, so smiles are hardly ever seen in the workplace. Jamaicans who travel to America find the constant stream of false or "plastic" smiles to be very creepy and insulting.


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Re: They're all happy [Re: Doom]
    #3418718 - 11/28/04 08:23 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

I noticed this when I recently visited Jamaica. The people there are very real and down-to-earth. They don't put on fake attitudes or expressions like Americans and other Westerners. I found it very relieving to interact with the people there. They were so easy to talk to. When they're friendly they're genuinely so. They never give you any bullshit, unless they're trying to sell you something. :wink:

But anyway, I think that kind of assumption is the result of mass-media culture where everyone is seen as happy and successful.


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Re: They're all happy [Re: ]
    #3418751 - 11/28/04 09:19 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

I always get the feeling of everybody stearing at me when walking down a busy street


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Re: They're all happy [Re: zahudulallah]
    #3418754 - 11/28/04 09:21 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

Yeah, I am pretty much the polar opposite of that... maybe it's just because of where I live, but if you walk down a street in boston it certainly does not feel like "everyone is happy".

As for my friends and family, I don't assume they're sad, but i certainly do not assume they're happy either.

Kind of sounds like you're projecting your own personality onto your assumptions of others around you. Don't take that as an insult, a lot of people do it involuntarily. Like Frog said, she assumes people think like her... I do this too sometimes. That's another example of it.


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Re: They're all happy [Re: ]
    #3418757 - 11/28/04 09:23 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

""I know nothing""

tell me all about nothing? :P



"happyness is happening"
-David Bowie :P


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Re: They're all happy [Re: Gomp]
    #3418763 - 11/28/04 09:27 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

haha "i know nothing"
quote from the fat guy in hogans heros


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Re: They're all happy [Re: zahudulallah]
    #3418847 - 11/28/04 10:41 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

"Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way"
--Pink Floyd, "Time"


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What you know you can't explain,
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That there's something wrong with the world.
You don't know what it is, but it's there....
Like a splinter in your mind...
Driving you mad.


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Re: They're all happy [Re: trendal]
    #3419001 - 11/28/04 12:27 PM (12 years, 12 days ago)

Richard Nixon was unbelievably happy, even to the point of licking his lips and saying "Cake!" right before he opposes the legalization of marijuana. :smirk:



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Re: They're all happy [Re: fireworks_god]
    #3419181 - 11/28/04 02:17 PM (12 years, 12 days ago)

"Redcockadidlyfunkychickenrace!" - Riffski


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