by Mr. Mean-Spirited
Society would have you believe that the most important and imperative thing about life is to be happy. Like most everything that people tell you, the complete opposite is actually true.
If life is too short for you to go around being unhappy, then existence is also too short for you to go about being happy. You can’t have it both ways. Instead of wasting your time feeling this or that transient sensation, maybe you ought to spend your days trying to figure out the purpose of being alive. Happiness is one of those emotions that will keep you from understanding what is truly happening.
All that good cheer will keep you from recognizing the extent of the tyranny around you. Whenever some do-gooder comes up with a particularly nasty attack upon your freedom, the liberal always claims that the legislation gives him a good feeling. The altruist always says that his totalitarian charity makes him feel happy. You can be absolutely certain to avoid every communitarian assault upon your independence if you scrupulously avoid anything that makes you feel content. We exist at a moment in history when you need to be suspicious of any mass amusement.
The happier the man, the more stupid he is. The more a person enjoys his life, the more superficial his personality. Just as the most disgusting woman always laughs the loudest, so the most obtuse fellow will always be the most outgoing. The higher a fellow’s spirits, the lower his IQ. The retard always has a smile on his face no matter what.
At this point in Western civilization, enjoying yourself is a complete waste of time. Misery is something you want to be achieving. A personality gains depth only when the individual gives way to despair. An enlightened man is always the most uneasy.