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Brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world. Options
Daemon
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Brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 2:04:23 AM

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Did Scarecrow say this, or did someone say it to Scarecrow?

Either way, Frank, having "brains" helps Happiness along its way. Of this I am convinced.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 2:35:44 AM

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Brains may not make you happy, but you can't be happy without a brains enough to know that you are happy.Think
Bully_rus
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There's no one and only thing which lead you to happiness and though some brainless creature may have its well-deserved satisfaction, happiness - never.
puercopigsk8
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 4:34:40 AM

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what would a zombie think about this?
Chaireas
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 5:09:19 AM

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puercopigsk8 wrote:
what would a zombie think about this?


Good point! :)
pedro
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 5:17:46 AM

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Happiness is the best thing in the world. Then you die.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
pedro
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 6:23:19 AM

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And who remembers this blast from the past?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGfb6pm3DOg

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
thar
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 6:34:04 AM

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Thanks for posting that Applause
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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 8:55:11 AM

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Perhaps I'm too happy, but I can't understand.

If "Brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world", it would be better to be stupid?
ziba bee
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 8:56:04 AM

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Happiness is the best thing in the world ,you find it in your inside.I mean don't look for it around .it's here nearby.
Abdelkrim
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:55:28 AM

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Yes, sure is, happiness is the best thing that human being happen to experience in his life.
mangezi
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:05:40 AM

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puercopigsk8 wrote:
what would a zombie think about this?
And I your willing fool, am always happy.

I am not a genius. I am just a tremendous bundle of experience - Richard Fuller.
Huda Abbas
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:54:11 AM

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Brain is absolutely necessary to feel happiness, simply because happiness is a state of mind. Happiness might be the best thing in the world but it is overrated, it is not bad at all to feel sad, sadness teachs us to appreciate what we have and not take things for granted.


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pedro wrote:
And who remembers this blast from the past?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGfb6pm3DOg



Pedro! Thank you so much... i had all but forgotten this cutie of a song.

"...hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour"
Lucy Yang
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 1:39:41 PM

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I think Frank also failed to differentiate between different types of happiness. For example, brains might not be necessary all the time when viewing entertainment, but I think brains are necessary to attain a sense of fulfillment (e.g. self-actualization, the pinnacle of Maslow's hierarchy).
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No intelligent person can be really happy inside, (it is enough to look aroud and see the misery , both spiritual and materiial, spread widely all over the world). Understanding is suffering.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 3:35:53 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)


"Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know....but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?"

No wonder Scarecrow preferred heart over brains when faced with a choice: He already had the brains to see who didn't.Applause

We are happy when, all in a day, we admire the awesome magnificence of the sun rising, contemplate the peaceful splendor of the sunset, and are granted the wisdom to reflect on everything in between which we missed, did not understand or failed to be grateful about.



capitán
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 6:23:17 PM

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_To start with, happiness is such a big word. If I asked what happiness is, everyone would give his or her own definition in reply. However, there are always some things that are generally associated with happiness, regardless of religion, ethnicity or their location on the planet. Generally, people hold happiness as something devoid of sorrow, pain or regret. However, many claim to be happy, and yet living in never ending bliss is unheard of. In the other hand, there are people who think that pain, sorrow and regret are contained by happiness.

_In contrast, some believe that living in search for happiness is as foolish as living in pain and sorrow. They claim that emotions like excitement and joy are as harmful as sorrow and pain, making emptiness inside their ultimate goal. As generally believed in the west, emptiness is something negative, and therefore you try to "fill the void in your heart". As believed in the east for some, to rid our hearts and minds from desires and strong emotions, both high and low, is the ultimate goal. Thus, some people try to live their lives very simply, avoiding the falsehood of happiness. Relatively recently, westerners have also embraced this philosophy of living, gradually.

_It is because of people like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman and others (that by the way, such writings we have discussed before in this forum, which makes me feel grateful for being allowed to partake. I thank everyone) that learning to appreciate life in its more simple and intangible aspects, away from the follies of society and looking for equilibrium by living from inside out and closer to nature, that the philosophy of living in the west and the east is converging to a certain point.
KAS
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Verbatim wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)


"Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know....but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?"

No wonder Scarecrow preferred heart over brains when faced with a choice: He already had the brains to see who didn't.Applause

We are happy when, all in a day, we admire the awesome magnificence of the sun rising, contemplate the peaceful splendor of the sunset, and are granted the wisdom to reflect on everything in between which we missed, did not understand or failed to be grateful about.


I thought this quote ("Brains do not make one happy...") was from the tin woodsman...the character whose heart was destroyed by the wicked witch, and with it all his love and happiness.



It neither is what it isn't, nor isn't what it is. Granted, many things aren’t what they were, but will be what they are
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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:34:13 PM

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Happiness depends on the brain's orientation towards the world. I guess brains don't make you happy, but they are a necessary constituent of the formula that does.
Alice M Toaster
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"...all of which emphasize practicality, self-reliance, tolerance, egalitarianism, and other attributes regarded as American virtues."

Should the above attributes be regarded by Baum as the most important American virtues, I think that he'd be quite "happy" with the America of today. Knowledge and education are sadly lacking on this list. I'm not saying that the ones mentioned aren't valuable, but it seems to me that nowadays in this country, having a brain isn't a requirement.

Just trying to figure out the difference between
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 8:51:13 PM

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Chaireas wrote:
puercopigsk8 wrote:
what would a zombie think about this?


Good point! :)


really?

I am carrying my heart~I am carrying my rhythm~I am carrying my prayers~But you can't kill my spirit~It's soaring and strong (Paula Cole's Me Lyrics)***We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We ARE spirtual beings having a human experience.(T.deChardin)***There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)



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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:08:39 PM
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KAS wrote: "I thought this quote ("Brains do not make one happy...") was from the tin woodsman...the character whose heart was destroyed by the wicked witch, and with it all his love and happiness."

You may be quite right, in this script the tin man wanted a heart, and the wizard will give him a ticking watch, instead.
WIZARD:
"As for you, my galvanized friend, you want
a heart! You don't know how lucky you are
not to have one. Hearts will never be
practical until they can be made
unbreakable. I could have been a world
figure, a power among men, a - a successful
wizard, had I not been obstructed by a heart."
Absurdicuss
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:32:07 PM

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puercopigsk8 wrote:
what would a zombie think about this?


lol...how much thought would a zombie think if a zombie could think thoughts?

and finally...what do rocks think about?



"Now" is the eternal present.
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pedro wrote:
And who remembers this blast from the past?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGfb6pm3DOg


Curse you, Eraserhead. My counterattack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWdZEumNRmI (My folks had the 8-track.)

Note: Special attention to the camera pull-back at 2:30. A wee homunculus.
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