Happiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

Happiness is a Side Effect of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

Happiness is a Side Effect of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

It's a beautiful day to be alive here at the peak of recorded human history



I think that Heaven exists and that we can produce it, but we’re not going to do that by
Changing the behaviour of other people. It exists as a possibility, as potential. You know
We also believe in the existence of potential, even though it doesn’t exist. So someone
Would say to you, for example, “you’re not living up to your potential”. And you know
What that means and you’re willing to regarded it as a genuine statement that reflects
Something fundamentally real. Maybe there’s nothing more real about you than your
Potential, strangely enough. Well so Heaven and Hell are potentials, that doesn’t mean
So there’s a line in the New Testament where Christ says that no one comes to the Father
Except through him; which is a hell of a thing for anyone to say. I am the way and the
Truth and the life, that’s another one. Here’s the idea: it’s as if there is a spirit at the
Bottom of things that is involved in the bringing to being of everything. People talk
About evolution as a random process but that’s not true. The mutations are random, but
The selection mechanisms are not random. What are the selection mechanisms?
I’ve listened carefully to your Cain and Abel lecture but waves of contempt for existence itself keep
Coming. There is a part of me that revels in riding these waves, but can I harness them for a good? God you
Guys, you ask the hardest questions!

Waves of contempt for existence itself keep coming. (x2)
There’s a part of me that revels in riding these waves, but can I harness them for good?
Waves of contempt for existence itself keep coming
This is the Peter Pan story. Peter Pan is this magical boy, Pan is the God of everything
Roughly speaking. It’s not an accident that he has the name Pan, and he’s the boy that
Won’t grow up and he’s magical. Well that’s because children are magical, they can be
Anything; they’re nothing but potential. Peter Pan doesn’t want to give that up, why?
Well he’s got some adults around him but the main adult is Captain Hook, who the hell
Wants to grow up to be Captain Hook? First of all you’ve got a hook, second you’re a
Tyrant and third you’re chased by the dragon of chaos with a clock in it’s stomach, the
Crocodile, it’s already got a piece of you. Well that’s what happens when you get older
Ok well
This is very serious
And I don’t know if I should address it
Because I’m somewhat tired
But I’ll give it a shot
Because it’s important
And it’s very serious and a troublesome question

“I plan on taking my own life very soon. Why shouldn’t I?”

Well I’m going to assume this isn’t a casual question
You know
That’s been put out for the purposes of display
Well the first thing I would say is you have to think very carefully through the consequences of that for other people
So I’ve had clients in my clinical practice who never recovered from the suicide of a family member
Decades later they’re still torturing themselves about it