Lifestyles: Learning to be Human
To my thinking, the human psyche has three facets, our physical
side, our emotional side, and our intellectual side.
As we learn
and develop, the first goal of the intellectual is to escape from the
culture that has created them or else be forever shaped by the words
of others, and be simply another face in the crowd. Even if unacknowledged,
the strongest people are the ones whom speak with their own words.
To my thinking, the human psyche has three facets, our physical side,
our emotional side, and our intellectual side. These facets govern even
happiness and love, and true love is love agreed upon by all three and
Physical happiness is directly derived from the senses; it is sex, alcohol,
chocolate and whatever else gives you pleasant sensations and sends
chills up your spine.
Emotional happiness is the feeling of serenity and bliss, usually the
product of love, success, laughter and positive feeling. And Intellectual
happiness is the feeling of satisfaction you eventually get through
knowledge; whatever it may be- the feeling that another question has
been answered or another blank filled in. Therefore, certainly in my
case, in the broadest sense, Im saying, "The key to happiness
is love, laughter and literature."
This is directly related to my outlook on life; that regardless of what
happens, you should simply take it in your stride. Indeed, my aspiration
in life is simply to live in a world free from the usual pressures of
schedule, expectation, and commercialism.
Money and Fame are pointless and fleeting and overall rather unsatisfying,
and I cannot personally see how so many people can go with the crowd
and feel that they can make life worth living. These people are those
I mentioned who are still trapped by the society that has created them.
Unfortunately, this self-delusion is actually that which helps ensure
the masses are kept under control, and leaders have known this for centuries
and continue to take advantage of it, through the media in the case
of modern society.
Though many people whove known me will comment that Im far
to optimistic, I simply answer, why not? It is my belief that depression
has no purpose at all other than to remind you what happiness is. If
you are not happy with your life, stop right there and ask yourself
why. Then change it. Though it is inevitable that everything has its
ups and downs, highs and lows, you should never be in perpetual unhappiness.
Just remember: "Life always has a bright side; and if it doesnt,
then tickle it until it does"
© James Talbot December 2003
James is a first year Creative Arts student at University of Portsmouth
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