Monthly Archives: August 2009

Modern life and the annihilation of happiness

Or, how day jobs requiring little or no creative input make us feel like nothing more than commodities to be one day tossed aside, how marketing swallows your soul, how happiness should come from creating instead of purchasing, how sadness is a necessary part of happiness, and how social interaction is inherently fraudulent.

This articulates my ennui very eloquently.

Via Clayton Cubitt, who says:

The MIke Wallace Interview, late 50s, Erich Fromm

Fromm talks about the need for creativity in work, the dehumanizing effects of widget-pushing, the futility of consumption for consumption’s sake, and sadness as part of normal happiness.

Can you imagine this being broadcast on American television now?

Some inspiration: Let go.

To “let go” does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else. To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow the realization I can’t control another. To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands. To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another, it is to make the most of myself. To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about. To “let go” is not to fix, but to be supportive. To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being. To “let go” is not to be in the middle of arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies. To “let go” is not to be protective, it is to permit another to face reality. To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept. To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings & to correct them. To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, & to cherish myself in it. To “let go” is not to criticize & regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I can be. To “let go” is not to regret the past, but to grow & to live for the future. To “let go” is to fear less & to love more.

Via Gala Darling