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Oh, Gerry, you have to watch this video from ted.com on happiness:
Warning, it might change your view on most things :) !
It also explains why people in rural Peru are laughing while Madonna goes to India to find herself...
Great clip. Very heady. I wonder how practical it is to start thinking like that. He is basically implying that human nature will lead us to misery.
I think it would be good for us if we realized (like it is said in "The pleasure trap") that we won't be miserable if we eat sustainably and plant based.
I actually made that analogy at work the other day:
I was fat and my back hurt.
I sold my car, got a bike and used it. I thought I would want to kill myself after that because of the misery of having to pedal to work every day.
But I didn't.
I started eating less energy but more food. That meant no cream sauces and more veggies. Surely I wold want to kill myself now right?
I became a vegetarian. Now I have to be close to emotional suicide?!
I became a whole food vegan. No point in dragging out the life now, right?!
I stopped using tobacco. Kill me now?!
The thing that happened is that I lost a considerable amount of weight (50kg) and my mind adapted. I am now healthier, my condition is better, I'm stronger and I've taken up a care for the planet and everything on it (except for George Bush, I don't like him).
My mind adapted to the new situations I was putting myself in making me comfortable in them and now I know that whatever happens and whatever path I take I can find happiness in that new place. That what the video says to me :) .
The Jack Lalanne clip must be very old. Even he doesn't look like that at his age.