"To like many people spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness."- Bertrand Russell (via swissmiss)
"Love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way — and if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet."
"Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man."- Bertrand Russell
- I just finished watching Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. It was an entrancing sort of poem about a man who feels nothing despite the hedonism and celebrity that surrounds him. He seems to be a passenger in his own life, drifting in and out. The only thing that is somewhat constant is his partial custody of his daughter. Both are aware of the fact that neither is a large part of each other’s life (what a cluster of syntax. apologies), yet it is this awareness that encourages a warm affection between them. It’s not a movie for lovers of plot, but if you’re watching a Sofia Coppola movie, you would know that. I thought it was a sweet film.
- Picked up Bertrand Russell’s Conquest of Happiness again, in which he delineates the contributors of unhappiness and proposes the remedies to prevent emotional devastation and promote a more positive comportment.
His explanation of persecution mania, in particular, is fascinating. Persecution mania (hereafter PM) is “always rooted in a too exaggerated conception of our own merits”. Think. Perhaps this reminds you of someone you know? There is the philanthropist (“always doing good to people against their will, and is amazed and horrified they display no gratitude.”) and the inventor (“who has never been able to get any one to examine the merits of his invention”), to name a few of the PM archetypes.
Par for the course, Russell suggest four general maxims:
I thought them to be wise and well-thought out. Often I forget that much of my anxiety is of my own creation and these maxims are simplistic, straight-forward reminders that life is very much a large, red, WWII propaganda poster, “Keep Calm and Carry On”, what have you.
1. Remember that your motives are not always as altruistic as they seem to yourself.
2. Don’t over estimate your own merits.
3. Don’t expect others to take as much interest in you as you do your self.
4. Don’t imagine that most people give enough thought to you to have any desire to persecute you.
Anyways, I recommend Russell’s book.
- I’d really like to say hello to my new followers. I’m quite flattered by and grateful for your delusion. I hope that you will enjoy my posts, and I promise that the personal drivel (such as this) will be minimal.
- My addiction to cherry Dr. Pepper knows no bounds as I have consumed two cans and have no intention of stopping.