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User avatar #44 - knowitallfourtytwo (02/09/2013) [-]
You can be happy, scratch that, you ARE happy, you're just being an entitled brat

First off, Pinkie Pie seems like one of those people who always like to put up a facade that they are happy and playful. Second of all, your desire for happiness is quite unjustified. Most of you have your life necessities. 3.5 billion people are in relative poverty, while more than 1 billion are in absolute poverty. They have the right to desire happiness because they are denied necessities and are often forgotten. The only reason you're "unhappy" is because you make yourself think that somehow you've got the short end of the stick, while you, I, and almost everyone else on this site have what they need and more. You can be happy if you let yourself be content with what you have, do not be so desirous. If that's not enough, earn your happiness. Help people and be accomplished. It's funny how the insecure assholes on the internet perceive themselves to be the most unhappy. Think of the reason why.
User avatar #51 to #44 - xbfmvxreaperx ONLINE (02/10/2013) [-]
Having life necessities does not mean you are happy. Yeah, we have food and shelter. Does that mean we must be happy at all times. No, of course not. I am perfectly happy but many people aren't for various reasons. Not that their life is bad, their point of view is.
User avatar #52 to #51 - knowitallfourtytwo (02/10/2013) [-]
That's part of what I'm saying, people think are only unhappy because they perceive it that way, that's what makes the difference. If you have a broader view and something to live for, then you will not be unhappy. Happiness is accessible when you do have all your necessities because then your body does not have to spend its energy struggling for survival. Put things into perspective and you have no reason to be unhappy. Change your point of view.
User avatar #53 to #52 - xbfmvxreaperx ONLINE (02/10/2013) [-]
I see no flaws in this logic :P
User avatar #46 to #44 - pyrocrisis (02/10/2013) [-]
Buzzkill man
#45 to #44 - dethmaul (02/09/2013) [-]
On the other hand, our tiny lives in our 6 foot tall world are in no way affected by something 18,000 miles away. So in our own microcosm, yes we indeed got a ****** deal when we spilled our coffee in our cars.
User avatar #49 to #45 - knowitallfourtytwo (02/10/2013) [-]
TL;DR Your world isn't isolated like that, it is still not a ****** deal.

That is incorrect. In fact, because we have become a globalized world, everything affects everything. For example, every dollar that someone spends, that puts a dollar into someone else's pocket. Time in this case can actually be quantified into money as well. It may seem like your own influence is minimal to the overall course of things in the world, but take 7 billion similarly shortsighted people and you get things such as economic inequality and environmental destruction, both of which inevitably also affect you and I. The resources an individual consumes can be objectively quantifiable. If you consume too much without providing a beneficial return, it affects everyone. Your argument is valid if you were somehow self-sustaining in your own little isolated patch of the world, but that is not the case. Even if those in poverty are 18,000 miles away, there are many ways that you can assist them with relatively little cost on your part, such as donating to Oxfam. On top of that, there are most likely people in your neighborhood who are in need of assistance, whether they are poor, old or sick, maybe all three. You may try to rationalize that those same people do not deserve your help, for example, "that homeless is just a drunkard anyway", but using that same rationalization, there is no reason why your parents shouldn't have let you starve or why someone shouldn't rob you, maybe even kill you right now (I do hope that these never happen to you). Thirdly, if you let yourself perceive things in such a small perspective, then it is true, you do feel pain, but you do not get an objectively ****** deal, you just let yourself perceive it that way. The best way to NOT get hurt like that is to get a spine, put things in perspective and adopt a cause or ideal to aim for, hopefully something rational and kind. Rampant individualism does not create happiness, nor is it benevolent.
#56 to #49 - dethmaul (02/19/2013) [-]
I think you're backwarding what I'm saying. I'm not saying that our OUTput is ****** /not affecting anything, I'm saying the input is.

I spill coffee on my lap? ****** event. Who cares if someone else is starving in Africa, it does not effect me, and my lap getting wet does not effect them. It sucks that they're starving, but I'm not doing anything for or against that situation. I'm not starving, so MY reality is more comfortable than theirs. Hence insignificant events can suck sometimes.

BUT, if I pay Starschmucks for my coffee, and Starschmucks uses it to route food away from Africa, then I'm affecting Africa.
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