THE END IS NIGH


the end is nighMiserable Git

Anyone who has the remotest interest in the idle musings of me, Moraymint, would almost certainly conclude that I’m a pessimist. Indeed, some would doubtless go so far as to say that I’m the proverbial miserable old git who really should get a life. Post after post on this blog identifies me with that time-honoured philosophy, ‘The End is Nigh’. What’s more, this blog’s strapline is ‘a father’s thoughts for his children …’ and some of you might be forgiven for thinking that, on the basis of the evidence available, thank God I wasn’t born to Moraymint. So, here’s an attempt – one of a handful of similar posts – at turning the tables, with the intention of doing a few more (not too many) of the same in future.

Happiness

Life’s sweet really. Rarely a day passes when I don’t remind myself to keep things in perspective and to count my lucky stars; so that’s what I do, most days: keep things in perspective and count my lucky stars. It’s all about the pursuit of happiness in the end, of course. The question is, what are the sources of human happiness? When philosophers talk about the pursuit of happiness they’re not referring to the sort of fleeting happiness that goes with, say, enjoying a bottle of your favourite wine, or puffing on a cannabis joint (if that’s what floats your boat), or taking a ride on an Alton Towers roller coaster, or what have you. Happiness associated with these sorts of experiences constitutes a fleeting moment of pleasure, the likes of which are not terribly hard to find, and which generally don’t come to much in the end.

Enduring Contentment

No, when philosophers consider human happiness they’re contemplating that form of happiness which is about enduring contentment almost regardless of what life throws at us. So, in a nutshell, what is that makes Moraymint happy? What are the sources of any enduring contentment that I might have as a human being (or ‘human bean’ as one of my children used to say as a youngster) faced with the trials and tribulations of life? Happiness or, rather, enduring contentment for me stems from 3 sources: to be blessed with good health; to love and to be loved by family and friends; and to be free. By being free, I’m referring in essence to freedom of thought, freedom of religion (I’m an atheist as it happens), freedom of speech and freedom of expression. But also ‘freedom’ as in not living at risk of being randomly arrested and detained; that’s terribly important too. The 800 year-old Magna Carta has a lot going for it in this respect. It was Benjamin Franklin who, in 1722, said:

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech”

Keeping Things in Perspective

So, there you have it. Over the years that I’ve been posting to this blog, some folk in both the ether and in real life have chided me for being too downbeat, for seeing much that is wrong with the world and failing to celebrate so much that is good. I choose to exploit the freedom I have to express my thoughts about the trajectory of a way of life that I treasure; indeed, a way of life for which as an ex-serviceman I once put my life on the line from time to time. It seems to me, however, that the trajectory of our way of life here in the UK and, indeed, in many other nations of the so-called ‘developed world’ ain’t looking too great, to be honest.

So, I choose to highlight those global and national incidents and trends – usually related to economic, political and social matters – which I consider to be potential threats to my cherished way of life and the lives of my children as they seek their own happiness.

All that said, I recognise that the onus is on me to balance the bad stuff with the good stuff, be seen to be keeping things in perspective and to make the most of my happiness.  As a matter of interest what’s the source of your own happiness?

9 comments

  1. Funny how events dear boy events can make posts obsolete almost as you post them. What’s it to be now then on the day after Friday 13 paris. Total war or total political road to perdition bollocks. Paybacks a bitch ain’t it. What would Jesus have done?

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  2. Robert E Lee · ·

    MM, I don’t believe the onus to be on you to balance your message between positive and negative. We readers who are familiar with your views know precisely what we’re in for. No-one twists our arm to read your ‘stuff.’ It turns out, (in my case), that your views mirror mine to a remarkable degree of precision, (even the latest atheist comment).

    Keep telling it like it is. At the end of the day, everything we are involved with is evanescent and or ephemeral (or both). It all depends upon the frame of reference of the observer. ( I was stood next to a 3,000yr old giant Sequoia four weeks ago. Positively humbling).

    I’m minded of Herricks ‘Gather ye rosebuds’, or more prosaically, Robin Williams’ comment in ‘Dead Poets Society’ when he summarised the meaning of the poem along with ‘Carpe Diem’ to his students as follows: — “it means we’re all food for worms lads.”

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Robert and I understand and accept your point of view. I guess I’m keen to offer some sort of counter-balance to the observations I make. Some folk say to me, “Hey Moraymint, we buy into your take on life, but have you got any ideas on how we should position ourselves accordingly? What are we supposed to do – in a practical sense – if the world is indeed going to hell in a handcart?”

      Believe it or not, I have plenty of proposals (practical and philosophical) for how my children – the next generation – should be preparing themselves for a life and a lifestyle that will, I’m pretty much convinced, be nothing like the life I’ve led.

      But I do take your point, and my inclination always is to comment on what I see happening around us. And there’s a shed load of stuff happening around us right now, that’s for sure. I would argue almost unprecedented levels and rates of economic, political and societal change. We live in interesting times …

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  3. Craig R. · ·

    Evening MM.
    Always enjoy your posts. Yes a balance is important however I enjoy your general take on “stuff” so not too much balance please 🙂
    You finished by asking , what’s the source of your own happiness? For me ,in the main, it’s my family.

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  4. Look the Mormons wanted Mormon land ,the Jews wanted jewland now the Islam’s want their chop your Kafir head off land. There is nuthin New under the sun. Google Bastiat on plunder and you will see that taking taking the despots shilling may authorise you to kill strangely brown’s in their own land but it won’t get you off the hook on judgement day when personal responsibility will be our only defence.

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  5. Mike O' · ·

    Recognising the threat is half the battle, especially when some threats are insidiously disguised.

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  6. I’ll look forward to that next post………….

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  7. Have you done something very like this post before, MM? Either you have or I’m going ga-ga!

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Ha, ha! I may have done something similar in the past, sir. This one is in response to a wee bit of pressure recently to explain myself, so I’ve done so in about 600 words. Feel free to ignore completely …

      A quick click on the ‘Philosophy’ category on the right does indeed throw up a few posts in similar vein to this one. I’m currently writing a post which is designed to be more of a practical than a philosophical nature – and which I’d hope to post before Christmas. Christmas: that’s another source of happiness for me …

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