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    The Great Happiness Space
    My last contribution was about the futility of the American Dream, the endless circles of the pursuit of happiness; the search for "Walden".
    I've been thinking about the reasons why people like anything (ideas or objects or each other), psychological and biological and evolutionary — very simply, we want to live. It's that stupid pun: we're just dying to live. We love the things that bring us life; progress and the evolution of the Whole.

    It's an old, tired subject. Some people find the way by "dropping out", others within spirituality or religion, and still others within a lifestyle that allows for Love of some kind (of a partner, a hobby, a cause...). We all know this, these stories. They're especially prevalent in the entire money-suck industry of Self Help.

    But, I came across a documentary the other day. Regardless of all the repetition of this subject, this film caught my attention because of the sincerity involved. It details the lives of real people, stuck in the system by choice, running in circles trying to heal each other and themselves. Some have criticized it for not establishing any real conclusion about the situation, but I think that's where its strength lies — I was able to connect with the characters, to understand instead of judging them. The premise is very specific, but I found it to be very far-reaching and relatable even so.

    It's from 2006 so maybe it's old news, but I feel the need to mention it here because of the nature of the SC community and for those who haven't yet seen it:



    “People are not so strong… especially alone. People are lonely and sad. But they are wonderful and shining. They have warm hearts.”
    — from The Great Happiness Space


    Wed, Dec 2, 2009  Permanent link

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    First Dark     Sun, Feb 21, 2010  Permanent link
    I second that recommendation. Great documentary.
     
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