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Too Smart to be Happy?
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Posted 4/24/09
not really... when you think about all these stuff
you are usually alone right?

so being around with friends can help... a gag or something will certainly make you laugh
does that count for being happy =]?
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Posted 4/29/09
It sounds like that are many different kinds of happiness. Some constrained, some explosive and obvious.
I understand the feeling of ignorance being bliss. Not knowing too much so therefore not thinking too much.
I really can not sleep when there are things going inside my head i can not piece together but i don't think its because i'm smart, because i'm not really.
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Posted 5/22/09
It's better to understand and to try to live
Posted 5/22/09
yes in a way, intelligence makes for depression.

"ignorance is bliss"

as said when you just go through your life, oblivious as to whats really going on you'll never really have a care in the world. yet when you are smart you know, you know the corruption war and famine that plagues our race. intelligence though useful is a heavy burden that is not carried by many so overall ,yes intelligence can make for unhappiness
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Posted 5/24/09 , edited 5/24/09
"I was the most unfortunate.
I knew that there was no exit out of this maze.

Then, he was the next unfortunate.
He did not know that there was no exit out of this maze.

But all the rest weren't so unfortunate.
They didn't know that they were in the maze in the first place."


-- Frederica Bernkastel

"The frog in the well was happy.
It wasn't interested what was outside the well.

The frog in the well was happy.
It was recluse to anything that happened outside the well.

And you were happy.
Because you didn't know what occurred outside the well."


-- Frederica Bernkastel

Says enough.
It's also like saying "too stupid to get hurt".
Knowing what is bound to come brings sadness.

However it's also like Freedom vs. Imprisonment.
Those who are imprisoned can have things to make them happy or content and thus will not try to gain freedom.
Those who are free must work to be happy, hand-outs they do not get for they are not imprisoned.
Which is true happiness?
Freedom or Control?
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Posted 5/25/09 , edited 5/25/09
There is a major difference between between intelligence and fatalism.

This author of yours sounds somewhat less than "too smart" if he spends time worrying about things far out of his sphere of control, do what you can and live your life. Damaging his body to dumb down is just plain absurd, from the sounds of it he had a mental disorder and needed some kind of chemical intervention.

As for your fatalistic musings on consumer goods, you have a choice to buy more expensive ethically sound clothing, and healthier foods, in fact if most people did this, then it would become the market norm.

Sure if you are more switched on there is a lot of ugliness to observe, but there is also always beauty everywhere, it sounds to me like you have either an issue with being a fatalist douche bag or being clinically depressed.

Things aren't so black and white, grow up.
Posted 10/7/09
I think a big part of life is discovering new things and finding joy that way. And if someone knows it all, or knows so much that discovering a new thing is like super hard, it kind of takes the fun out of life.

You might not want to take my word for it, though. I'm purposely ignorant.
Posted 10/7/09

disco_qu33n wrote:
I think a big part of life is discovering new things and finding joy that way. And if someone knows it all, or knows so much that discovering a new thing is like super hard, it kind of takes the fun out of life.

You might not want to take my word for it, though. I'm purposely ignorant.

That depends on how people treat the challenges in their lives on a individual base. For example I look forward to challenges in my life because they can be challenging simply because I don't know much about them. And what's not to say that looking forward to challenges is all it really takes to have fun in one's life? http://www.torah.org/features/spirfocus/challengeofhappiness.html#
Posted 10/7/09

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disco_qu33n wrote:
I think a big part of life is discovering new things and finding joy that way. And if someone knows it all, or knows so much that discovering a new thing is like super hard, it kind of takes the fun out of life.

You might not want to take my word for it, though. I'm purposely ignorant.

That depends on how people treat the challenges in their lives on a individual base. For example I look forward to challenges in my life because they can be challenging simply because I don't know much about them. And what's not to say that looking forward to challenges is all it really takes to have fun in one's life? http://www.torah.org/features/spirfocus/challengeofhappiness.html#


Good point. ^^
Posted 9/22/10
intelligence = different from everyone else

whether that equation makes someone happy or not is completely up to them.
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Posted 10/2/10
If somebody can Mr Magoo there way through life and be happy more power to them. However even the uneducated low intellect can still be just as unhappy with life as the smart or better informed. Is your cup half empty or half full that depends on you and your perception on life.
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I'm on the boat that says being smart makes you unhappy. The smarter you get the more you know how things can screw you over. When I learned about how the US plays mental ninja games, it just gave me more to worry about. If I didn't know of it, I would definitely have something less to worry about and thus be happier. Also knowing little trivial things can make life worse. When I learned there were different sizes of infinity, it totally killed my liking of "To infinity and beyond" phrase. ("There's a snake in my boots" is still better) Toy Story quotes aside, I honestly would love to know everything that makes me happy, and be ignorant to all other things.
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Posted 10/3/10

anime-help wrote:

intelligence = different from everyone else

whether that equation makes someone happy or not is completely up to them.


Couldn't be put better.

Posted 10/14/10
I think people who tend to be "smart" have a tendency of over-analyze things, which causes frustration.
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Posted 10/16/10
It can make smart people unhappy if they chose to live life that way.
Life is too incomprehensible,so out of the two-bad and good of it..I'd rather chose the latter, and strive hard to live the good life, making the most of my limited intelligence to be functionable in this society.
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