#MicroblogMondays 38: Stealing Happiness
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I just finished We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler (totally enjoyable read!), and he had an interesting thought on page 268:
We steal the happiness of others in order to be happy ourselves, and when it is stolen from us we voyage desperately to steal it back. We are pirates.
So often, without meaning to, due to the way life is set up, we do steal happiness from others. For one person to win, a lot of other people need to lose. For every actress chosen for a part, she has inadvertently left a lot of unhappy people in her wake. And when we are coming from behind, the idea of grabbing happiness ourselves (not thinking about the people who will be made unhappy due to our happiness) causes us to strive ahead, reaching for the brass ring, so to speak.
There are obviously situations where more than one person can be happy at the same time. Where no one loses something due to someone else’s gain, but I think we also know that our own unhappiness feels so much heavier when we compare it to someone’s happiness. That we tell other people about our happiness without being conscious of the idea that we are making other people jealous. So there is that, too.
What do you think? Do you think someone needs to be made unhappy in order for other people to be happy?
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