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[Jun. 20th, 2012|07:43 pm]
a single hungry grasshopper
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Today, I was walking home in the perfect San Francisco day, sunny with a cold breeze, eating one of the sweetest cherries ever, and I felt so perfect happy. It made me think of how it's not just tempting to believe in a god or a spirit because it's scary to think of the state of not being, but it's also tempting to feel blessed and to have something to thank, sometimes. (It could be that words like "blessed" for that feeling, or almost even "lucky", which is what I try to use when the word that comes to mind is "blessed", shape our cognition in that way.)

And then I thought of how despicable I think it is when people give in to that feeling, knowing that others in the world are miserable through circumstances. Feeling lucky is delightful, and I wish to savor it, but thinking something that could give me that perfect moment and give others starvation and abuse is somewhere between sickeningly myopic and self-centered to the point of evil. (This is, of course, an emotional reaction, quite aside from the intellectual vapidness of believing a thing without evidence.)

I'm just political that way. But man, I've had a lovely day. Fight the power. Be excellent to each other.

[User Picture]From: ravenblack
2012-06-21 03:24 am (UTC)
It's strange that there's no word with no 'cause' connotation - blessed implies something that blesses, lucky or fortunate implies that chance brought about your well-being. I want a word that just means you are happy to be in a state of well-being.

Deviating a little closer to that there's "content", but that kind of implies that there's something lacking and you're just okay with putting up with it, and is mostly internal anyway, or "happy" which is entirely internal and doesn't speak to circumstance at all.

Or there's "well-off" which carries heavy financial connotation rather than general 'good'.
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[User Picture]From: pyrtolin
2012-06-22 02:40 am (UTC)
Unless, of course, the entire point of such an experience is to create a sense of "There but fir the grace of God, go I", translating from there into a more active motivation to share what "blessings" that you are able to and lift others out of their straits.

But then, that's right at the core of what makes such spiritual casting of events so dodgy to begin with; they essentially serve as a projection a person's biases onto the world, rather than any sort of objective metric.
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[User Picture]From: lonelocust
2012-07-02 08:58 pm (UTC)
This applies to how I feel emotionally about others praying, also. If people pray to center themselves and "ask" for strength/conviction to go out and make the world a better place, then I say thumbs up, do it. If people pray and ask that the world become a better place, and then end it there and consider themselves to have done something good instead of to have done nothing, then I'm grumpy.
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[User Picture]From: lord_of_entropy
2012-06-27 07:50 am (UTC)
I think "blessed" could be reasonably used to express awareness of privilege, e.g. I was both lucky enough to win the sperm lottery & am blessed with social status.
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[User Picture]From: lord_of_entropy
2012-06-27 07:52 am (UTC)
Additionally, reading about your blissfulness pleases me. <3
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