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May 7, 2015 / Fantelius

Sad About Happiness

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My sadness for humanity has two sides. The one understands the difficulties and suffering of the present age and the other sees the happiness that can, but may not, be.
Happiness. That might very well be the goal of life and society. Happiness implies a security of needs. Many “wants” may be difficult to achieve, but everyone’s needs must be secure: food, shelter, clothing, work, respect, electricity, water (a good supply of pure drinking water), transportation, education, health support and remedy, recreation and love.
Let us not forget love. What if the state of relationships were monitored as frequently as stocks and finance. Or the state of health? How many beds are occupied? What sicknesses are growing and which one are decreasing? What’s the waiting time for different problems? And on and on. A never ending flow of information runs through health care. We should know the general health of our community as well as we know our own.

Back to the sadness because of the happiness that can be.
A woman was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a great doctor who told her straight out, “You got a 35% chance of survival, but we are going to do everything in our power to get you through this.” And they did, two operations, severe chemotherapy followed by radiation so strong that she had burn marks on her body. But it worked. And that was almost 15 years ago. She never would have seen her five grandchildren, all of them beautiful, talented and clever as grandchildren inevitably are.
That’s a true story. It is much easier to swallow than the one that follows.

Humanity has a cancer and the chances of survival are considerably less than 30%. If we are going to get through this “operations” will be required, chemotherapy in the form of deprivation and radiation in the form of conflict. It’s going to be a tough battle. If we can win it, there’s pure happiness on the other side; the happiness of grandchildren; the happiness of love in freedom; the happiness of confidence; the happiness of motivation; the happiness of health; the happiness of being seen and needed.

We are not only fighting to defeat evil, we are fighting for our own happiness. Together we provide everyone with their needs so that every individual has the opportunity to pursue their happiness.

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“Sorrow can be heavier than darkness and deeper than pain,
and close all progess
except for the one that goes forward.”
Dartwill Aquila

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