Let's face it, I'm just not a Journal writing person, as much as I like the idea of them. Kinda reminds me of high school. We were supposed to keep a Journal for English class. I didn't bother much with that either.
Hurrah, I feel like writing down another journal entry. Maybe this'll happen more often, maybe not. All I know is I feel like jotting down my thoughts _now_.
I've never studied philosophy. I do think about things often though, so I could be considered a philosopher. Really, all that's really needed to become one is a love of wisdom. I'm just not an intellectual philosopher, instead relying on intuition and basic observation.
And as such, I've been pondering on 'happiness', and especially, how does someone achieve happiness?
One thought I've had is that happiness can be achieved by avoiding unhappiness. Ok, I know it's simplistic, and totally avoids that limbo state between unhappy and happy, but generally if you can avoid being unhappy, there should be a better chance of being happy.
Of course, we can achieve happiness by first becoming unhappy, and then trying to climb out of that state. The result should be that we're happy that we're not unhappy anymore. That's way too much effort to be happy, though. It'd be much nicer to just go straight to happiness.
So now my search for happiness is essentially broken down to how to avoid unhappiness. So what makes people unhappy? Now there's a whole essay topic if I've ever heard of one. There's so many ways that people can be unhappy, that it's depressing.
But unfortunately, there's plenty of situations where you have to do something you don't like, to achieve something that you do like. I'm sure we all do things we don't like to do, just to feed ourselves and have a bed to sleep in.
And to move onto a totally different point, is it really worthwile trying to avoid unhappiness? Sure, you've got the benefit of not being unhappy, but I think that you'd start to lose perspective on happiness as well. Ye old ying/yang problem
The search for happiness seems to be one that does _not_ means 'complete' happiness, to the exclusion of all unhappiness. The search for happiness seems to mean minimising the number of times we're unhappy.
So in conclusion
Maybe I'm just not a Journal writing person. Over three months down the track since my first journal entry, and only now do I add a second.
It's not as if I have anything particuarly insightful to say at the moment, but I just like the idea of actually using the resources that have been provided.
One thing that strikes me about Slashdot, though, is the general cynicism of the reader base
Yeah, maybe it's just tongue in cheek, but I think there's a current of serious cynicism underlying the comments. Which is a shame, really, as I find most comments to be reasonable. OK, the moderation system helps definitely, but still the general impression I get of the Slashdot community, is that they're a bunch of pretty cluey people. Just what I'd expect for a website dedicated to "News for Nerds".
Finally getting around to playing with the Journal features of Slashdot. I have to admit, this place really is quite amazing. CmdrTaco and his merry men have definitely put a bit of thought and effort into it.
I became a subscriber to Slashdot a few weeks ago. I've been reading this place for the last 3 or 4 years, and I think they deserve my money. CmdrTaco recently wrote in his journal that he envisioned Slashdot to be an informal dirty gritty news site. This works for me. There's a certain honesty in this type of news reporting that the more polished news sites lack.
I'm not usually prone to doing Journal entries, especially online, but I might have to try this out more often.