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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Monday, February 25, 2002, 9:30
In a message dated 2002.02.24 03.58.43 PM, himes@CSHORE.COM writes:

> You're confusing the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence. >It's the latter which mentions the "pursuit of happiness". <SNiP> > > ObConlang: Gladilatian for "pursuit of happiness" is "mzansawaot >snrelaot". >mza - directed to >nsawa - happy >ot - (abstractor) >snrela - pursuing
I have always had a certain sneering, cynicism toward that phrase "pursuit of Happiness." Happiness is quite overrated for bein' just a mental state... a confluence of personal disposition/character (or lack thereof), situational/ephemeral conditions and neurochemical reactions in the brain. That a high ideal can come from a fleeting emotional state is rather - to my understanding and view - flimsy philosophy... that elevating happiness to an end in itself seems somewhat tainted with selfish hedonistic and materialistic license to excess. "Excess is excrement. Excrement retained in the body is poison." Happiness is dangled before us like a consumer product... a carrot on a stick. Boredom is malignant... avoid infection at all COSTS. We are made to feel that if we are unhappy, we must be "sick." Street drugs, doctor's drugs... better living thru chemistry... We are undone and done... stick a fork in us... we are consumable, too. OBCONLANG/CONCULTURE: Does any of this ranting & raving inspire any vocabulary or ideas? czHANg, feelin' happier & less piSSed oFF that he has thus VENTED his existential dis-ease ~§~ ~§~ ~§~ "The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune." ~~~ Boris Pasternak - Occupation? -Resistance. - What are you rebelling against? -What do you have? ~ thee Tru Pries ov Existenz iz Ætern'l Warfær & Creativ Playf'llniz~


John Cowan <cowan@...>