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, as far as the question of God goes
I wish that science, which is supposed to
Explore these things
Refuses to explore the fundamental question
That is of interest, not only to religious people
But intensely to atheists as well
They spend a lot of time thinking about something
They don't care about, or they pretend they don't care about
That science should spend all their time
They spend time trying to find new galaxies
As if that's important
Since God's an unproven thing, just a hypothesis at this point
I think it would be good to study it
First of all, the scientific method always begins with intuition
Always, always
The scientific method always begins with intuition
Always, always
Einstein used intuition
He did not study things objectively and find things
He was struck with something
And then followed that notion that he had or whatever you call that
It's a wonderful phrase that
The late Australian political philosopher
Ken Minogue, came up with
He identified a certain type of person who is keen
On the revolutionary attitude
Keen to be at the barricades
He called it St. George in Retirement Syndrome

St. George, after slaying the dragon
And getting all the acclaim for slaying a dragon
Might, might be tempted to – to go round the land
Finding more dragons, more dragons to slay
And there being a deficit of dragons in the land
Might end up, swinging his sword at smaller, and smaller beasts
Until, eventually, he might be found swinging his sword into thin air

Well, I don't say that there's no dragon like thing left to slay in our society
I don't say that everything is perfect, but
There is a lot in that, in the
Febrile, furious atmosphere of our times
When things have never been better
People say things like
I do this in a kind of self-deprecating way
Well, I've been lucky in this that
And you know, very well though, a lot of life is luck
But then a lot of it is, and it's underplayed
You also work hard
I realized some time ago that because I'm born in Britain
I have that natural tendency to like underplay, “So I'm just lucky and that”
And somebody said to me you shouldn't do that, you do work very hard
And I thought, yes, but saying, “Well, I've been lucky in that” is a nice way to say to other people
“Oh, I haven't really had an input, and you don't need particularly either”
It's a flattering thing to say to somebody else
Which ignores a wonderful phrase of Branch Rickey I came across

Luck is the residue of design
Luck is the residue of design
Luck is the residue of design
America's preachers tell me that there is no sermon
Which is looked forward to with less enthusiasm than a sermon about sin [laughs]
Well, that's probably true
If we're talking about a secular sermon on the subject of hard work

Pregnant skyline of America
Was set in place one brick at a time
Now that represents a lot of callouses
America the beautiful is not an accomplished fact guaranteed to remain intact
God shed his grace on thee to be sure, but
This was waste land when God had it to himself
He handed man a hoe and said you want another Eden? All right, earn it
And all that's necessary for the weeds to take over again
Is for you and me to lay down that hoe
If I were the Devil
If I were the Devil

If I were the Prince of Darkness, I'd want to engulf the whole world in darkness
And I'd have a third of its real estate
And four-fifths of its population
But I wouldn't be happy until I had seized
The ripest apple on the tree – thee
So I'd set about however necessary to take over the United States
I'd subvert the churches first
I'd begin with a campaign of whispers
With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve
"Do as you please"
To the young I would whisper that the Bible is a myth
I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around
I would confide that what's bad is good and what's good is square
And the old, I would teach to pray after me
Our Father – which art in Washington
And then I'd get organized
I'd educate authors in