The following excerpt from Nietzsche points out that happiness is a sign of personal strength.

“Maintaining cheerfulness in the midst of a gloomy task, fraught with immeasurable responsibility, is no small feat; and yet what is needed more than cheerfulness? Nothing succeeds if prankishness has no part in it. Excess strength alone is the proof of strength.”

So true. The clown is derided as a dolt. The carefree man is chided for his glee. Is he just a dummy? Is he too stupid to know what’s going on? Far from it! Internally, the happy man is a Hercules. He’s able to slay the demons that lead others to despair. He’s the gladiator of gratitude. He doesn’t drink to forget his problems—he drinks to celebrate life.

They say that he’s ignorant. He doesn’t know about Buchenwald, Teoul Slang, or Rwanda. If he did, then he’d be different. He’d be doing laps in the Lake of Disappointment.

The ugly truth—some men are stronger than others. They have internal wisdom: perspective, hope, faith…the ability to let go of things they can’t change. They might dwell is dark places, but they eventually leave. When they go to Hades, it’s a temporary stay—before you know it, they’re gone.

So which one are you? When you go to Disneyland, do you smile at Mickey Mouse? Or is he just a man, dressed up like a giant rat? If can you suspend your disbelief—even for a minute—then you’ll start enjoying what your life has to offer.

2 thoughts on “Happiness is Strength

  1. Major Styles, HELLO THERE, this is GREG NIKOLIC of your former guest home Qedbook. As you now know, Qedbook is gone, deleted. But I have a new site! You can see me at . . .

    Come visit frequently with my blessing — and leave lots of your comments there on The Ave. Almost every day will bring something new, shiny, and different.

    You have greater persistence than average, Major. I note also that you are not a slave to the reigning political orthodoxies, which makes you an ideal thinker.

    If you decide to come to Elite Avenue, feel free to bring your creative writing talents with you. I would like to see them.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. It’s good to see that you are rolling with the punches, and that you’ve put a replacement in quickly. I would expect no less!

      I look forward to checking out your new site..

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