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



Christianity was like a giant vacuum cleaner in some sense
It certainly
Integrated itself with and layered itself on top of
Like the tree itself
The tree is a very interesting symbol
Because the tree is, is the tree in the garden of eden
That, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
And the Tree of Life
The tree for Christmas is mostly the Tree of Life
And the tree is also the structure that unites Heaven with Earth
And the lights on the tree
Or represent even
Illumination and the reemerge of, of light in the darkness
Course, that's a lot of what's celebrated
Symbolically at Christmas
The idea of the lights on the trees
Is the return of illumination, right?
Because the sun is starting to come back
All these things are layered on top of one another
And so, it's, it's, it's a remarkable
It's one of the things that's really made me so struck
As a consequence of studying Christianity
Is that so many
Levels of meaning
Stack on top of one another
In an isomorphic manner
And support one another
You know, there's a cosmic story
That's associated with Christmas
Which is the death and rebirth of the sun
I mean the, the actual solar orb
Christmas was complicated for me
There's a personal element to it
There's a very vicious streak of familial depression
That runs in my family
My father was quite prone to that

So, Christmas could be a dark time
For us
Christmas could be a dark time
For us

Although i-it, it, it was also
All of the positive things it was supposed to be
At the same time
My father had
Seasonal effective disorder
Of course, we didn't know what the hell was going on
When I was growing up
Nobody knew what that was
"I was wondering what you thought of Santa Claus
If it's a healthy thing for parents to practice
What's the psychological impact of lying to your child."

I think lying
Is the wrong way of thinking about this
Santa Claus is a game
It's a game of
And children play games of pretend all the time
You know, so
I don't see any harm in it at all
Now, ya know, ya don't wanna
Prolong that belief beyond its natural end point
But it's a, it's a massive game, and it's a lovely game
And I don't believe that there's anything harmful in it
In the least

Santa Claus is a game
It's a game of
Santa Claus is a game
It's a game of
This is a dream my five-year-old nephew had
Now you gotta get the context to this dream, right?
A year after this dream, parents were divorced, so there were dragons in the house
(Dragons in the house)
He was about four at this time, and he was running around the house with this little plastic knight helmet on, and sword, and zipping around killing things with it
Doing this all the time and even when he went to sleep at night, he put the sword by his yellow knight helmet on his pillow
Now every night, or every second night, or every third night for six months, he'd been waking up screaming
So, I was there one night when he woke up screaming next morning, I said, "Well, did you dream anything?" and so he launched into this story