Joy and Happiness

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 08 Dec 2009 10:46:58 GMT  <== Personal ==> 

I received a wonderful message in a dream early this morning. I recorded it at

Here's the message:

Eat joy. Speak happiness.

If sad or angry, don't talk or eat. Drink water, but nothing else.

If someone else is speaking anger or sadness, love them, or, if you can't love them, speak happiness or be quiet.

Speaking serenity is also OK, but usually not necessary. Serenity is usually quiet.

Writing is the same as talking. Write happiness.

Reading or watching is the same as eating. Read joy. Watch joy.

Curiosity and wonder are the same as joy.

Reading or watching knowledge is OK. But better if the presenter is happy.

Eating is best done while paying attention to and enjoying the flavor and texture and beauty of the food.

Eat joy. Speak happiness.

Obviously, I'm not living this message. Yet. I've been using this blog as a place to express anger. So much anger that some of it has turned to hate. Not good. So I'm going to try to live this message. If I'm successful, the tone of this blog will change radically. I'll report good news, instead of ranting about bad news.

Wish me luck.

Note that this in no way invalidates the Zero Aggression Principle. Nor does it disallow self defense. The former is still correct, and the latter is still unfortunately necessary.

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Dear Bill, I wish you all

Submitted by iloilo Jones on Tue, 08 Dec 2009 15:29:37 GMT

Dear Bill,
I wish you all joy and happiness, and all the lovely wonders those states of existence engender.

You will find joy and happiness to be your companions in wonder, your friends during discussions, and your best lovers in life.


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Thank you

Submitted by Sunni on Tue, 08 Dec 2009 16:54:20 GMT

Bill, thank you so much for sharing your messages. I don't think this one could be more timely, at least for me.


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It's a False Dichotomy

Submitted by heuristic on Tue, 08 Dec 2009 17:18:37 GMT

Hate is joy and hate is happiness, just as much as love is those things.

No matter how scarred or maimed I am, if I can hate then I know I'm alive and being alive is pure joy.

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Thank you

Submitted by Mr. Bill on Wed, 09 Dec 2009 00:10:48 GMT

That is a beautiful message.

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Submitted by Patrick on Thu, 10 Dec 2009 18:31:33 GMT

Good one Bill. Every line of that advice is excellent. I'm with you!

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A question for you

Submitted by Sunni on Fri, 11 Dec 2009 19:28:14 GMT

Bill, a question occurred to me yesterday: are you going to consider renaming your blog? It would seem a logical consequence of this message.


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I'll have to think on that

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 12 Dec 2009 19:27:52 GMT

I'll have to think on that a bit, Sunni. I'm sorta attached to the name. But it IS against something bad, rather than for something good. Then again, ending war is by itself a good thing.

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