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"My purpose is to suggest a cure for the ordinary day-to-day unhappiness from which most people in civilized countries suffer, and which is all the more. The AtlanticIn The Conquest of Happiness, first published by Liveright in by Bertrand Russell Author · Daniel C. Dennett Author of introduction, etc. ebook. Bertrand Russell was an influential British philosopher and mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness first published in was Russell's guide on how to.
If you went to Russell complaining of melancholy, his advice, I think would be this. Examine the arguments behind them, and you will usually find them false. If your mood is such that you do see some truth in them, take the pragmatic line of contemplating something else and in time the call for action will pull you out of your mood. Those for whom life is one long struggle for success are unlikely to be happy. A certain power of enduring boredom is therefore essential to a happy life.
Demanding a life of total excitement is both unrealistic and unhealthy. Here Russell is thinking mainly of the disastrous long-term consequences of drugs, drink and gambling. Craving excitement all the time is unhealthy, so you need to learn to tolerate some boredom. You may need to take stock of the type of activities most frequently engage in, and ask ourselves whether you are sufficiently active and in contact with nature. The season was winter and everything was wet and muddy.
To the adult eye there was nothing to cause delight, but in the boy there sprang up a strange ecstasy; he kneeled in the wet ground and put his face in the grass, and gave utterance to half-articulate cries of delight. The joy he was experiencing was primitive, simple and massive.
I dreaded the ordeal so much that I always hoped that I might break my leg before I had to make a speech Gradually I taught myself to feel that it did not matter whether I spoke well or ill, the universe would remain much the same in either case.
I found that the less I cared whether I spoke well or badly, the less badly I spoke. People often try to avoid thinking about things that worry them.
When you think of concrete events, they are not usually as impossible to deal with as your demons would have you believe.
What if you did miss that plane? Then, according to Russell, you should remind yourself of your global insignificance. From the point of view of the universe, says Russell, your troubles are nought.
If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed. If you find the habit of making comparisons too hard to break, then turn your envy into admiration, its more constructive cousin.
But once one makes the imaginative leap from purely sexual and religious matters to guilt and shame originating in rules learnt in early childhood, his advice still holds good.
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The first step involves realising at a conscious level that, whatever the priest said, consensual sex is part of a happy life, not a sin. You will no longer be flotsam and jetsam, acted on by the forces of society and the commands of your parents, but a self-determining human being. You will be happy and free.
Sometimes Russell digresses to make some rather tangential remarks about society and education and other personal concerns.
Russell begins with the characteristics of unhappy people, before going on to look at happy people, and so shall we. They draw false conclusions about the human situation from their own temporary malaise.
Consider the famous passage from one such famous melancholic, the anonymous writer of Ecclesiastes, a book of the Old Testament. It includes the lines:- There is no new thing under the sun. There is no remembrance of former things. No new thing under the sun? What about skyscrapers and aeroplanes? No remembrance of former things? We, thousands of years later, remember and are still influenced by these very words. No, the happy person will not find these or similar arguments convincing.
There is plenty to enjoy in life, and this enjoyment makes life worthwhile. Yet it is true that many people -including Russell himself- sometimes find themselves in a mood when the words of Ecclesiastes ring true. If you went to Russell complaining of melancholy, his advice, I think would be this.
Examine the arguments behind them, and you will usually find them false. If your mood is such that you do see some truth in them, take the pragmatic line of contemplating something else and in time the call for action will pull you out of your mood.
Those for whom life is one long struggle for success are unlikely to be happy. A certain power of enduring boredom is therefore essential to a happy life. Demanding a life of total excitement is both unrealistic and unhealthy. Here Russell is thinking mainly of the disastrous long-term consequences of drugs, drink and gambling.
Craving excitement all the time is unhealthy, so you need to learn to tolerate some boredom.