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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Call Off the Search

There's an old story about the fish who set off on a quest to find out what water was...

Joseph Campbell quotes a Polynesian proverb about "standing on a whale fishing for minnows."

Or, more elegantly, this, from Albert Camus: "You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life."

On the meaning of life, Campbell again: "People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive..."

Yes. Stop looking for meaning, stop seeking the "secret of happiness."

Call off the search and just live and be happy.

You'll be happier (natch).

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