#24, the pursuit of misery

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5 Comments on “#24, the pursuit of misery”

  1. estolte
    October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Totally agree, Michael. Good stuff. Maybe source material other than 700 Club video footage could appear more credible, but totally agree with what you’ve presented, including the rather ironic title, “Pursuit of Misery”! Robert Spitzer in Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom, and the Life Issues (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, October 2000) says things very similar. Thanks for your thoughtful work. Appreciated!

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

      Thanks Eric.

      By the end of next month I’ll be launching a new website which will be mainly video based where I’ll be conducting all the interviews. Should be a more Canadian/Torontonian perspective…

      I’ve heard good things about Spitzer. I’ll check it out.

  2. Anonymous
    October 17, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    the idea of ‘happiness’ seems so fickle to me. like a fleeting sentiment. i’ve always thought that misery runs deeper, and maybe teaches us more. is that pessimistic sounding? maybe plentiful misery just makes you appreciate those times that are happy. but i think the constant pursuit of ‘what makes us happy’ ends up being so empty. a lot of times, i think its stripped-down transparency that we need – that shows us we are actually empty. then the real searching can happen. to me, happiness is so conditional. i’ve struggled (still do) to accept (and feel deserving) of a life of promise that is not about conditions, but about truth.. and purpose. i think that purpose definitely does not equal happiness, for if it did, most of the world would be of no purpose. what do you think about this?

    • October 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      Happiness is a byproduct – that is what is confused by pop-psychologists and all of us in general. Happiness is a feeling which is caused because of something else.

      The search should really be for fulfillment. If we find what makes us fulfilled then we’ll probably get happiness along the way. But in reality, if we don’t get happiness, with fulfillment we’ll still be content and at peace.

      The greats in history understood. Though they were persecuted and had seemingly very little, they had a lot…

  3. Kyle Desormeaux
    October 17, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    I’m glad your back!

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