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Thursday, December 27, 2007

History and Happiness

posted by on December 27 at 10:54 AM

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From Philosophy of History:

“The History of the World is not the theatre of happiness. Periods of happiness are blank pages in it, for they are periods of harmony periods when the antithesis is missing.”

And..

They die early, like Alexander; they are murdered, like Caesar; transported to St. Helena., like Napoleon. This fearful consolation that historical men have not enjoyed what is called happiness…

And…

…History [is] the slaughter-bench at which the happiness of peoples, the wisdom of States, and the virtue of individuals have been victimised…

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It blows that you don't smoke weed. I think weed could do a lot for you, Charles.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 27, 2007 11:21 AM
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"Happiness comes in small doses folks. It's a cigarette butt, or a chocolate chip cookie or a five second orgasm. You come, you smoke the butt you eat the cookie you go to sleep wake up and go back to fucking work the next morning, THAT'S IT! End of fucking list!"

-dennis leary

Posted by max solomon | December 27, 2007 11:37 AM
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Complete and utter tosh, every word of it. History is largely a story of great increases in happiness for the vast majority of people. You should check out how your ancestors lived sometime.

And for every tyrant you admire who died tragically (i.e., happily for the majority of his subjects) there are millions of other people who died peacefully after a mostly happy life.

Posted by Fnarf | December 27, 2007 12:47 PM
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I like that Fnarf... there are millions of other people who died peacefully after a mostly happy life.

I'm going to steal it and use it.

Posted by mj | December 27, 2007 1:12 PM

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