Unless you’re dead, you’re a living organism. Like a bear, you react to living. You wake up in the morning and react to your surroundings. You have secret thoughts. They’re secret because no one else but you thinks them.
Your purpose is to enjoy living, but unlike bears, most humans substitute the lowest and most unimportant things for the real purpose of life. They get caught up in things like money, politics, religion and life-styles. They get so caught up in humanity, they lose their individuality.
Except for rare moments of personal peace, lots of people miss the real purpose of living which is to live and enjoy it. Not to do. Not to strive. Not to achieve. The purpose of a flower is to flower. The purpose of a bear is to bear. You’re like every other flower and bear. You’re purpose is to you. Enjoy it. Why not? What do you have to lose?
Imagine: Its a peaceful sunrise. A man wakes up. He looks at the sunlight spilling into his room. He hears birds outside. He sees a fragment of gray sky out the window. He feels happy as he contemplates cozy sheets, birds, skies and trees, but then it happens. He gets bombarded by mental troubles and jobs to do. Demon-like thoughts attack his enjoyment. It’s an assault. He worries about the past and the future, he worries about the state of his finances and his health and his relationships – good, bad and ugly. He worries about things he did or didn’t do. He’s no longer a cozy island of solitude lulled by sensuous feelings and thoughts of trees, birds and sunshine.
Our poor sod who’s enjoyment has been so robbed needs to take the Philosophy of Enjoyment‘s three-pronged approach. First, he needs to engage his fighting spirit and will to enjoy. Second, he needs to go seriously into day-dreaming. This isn’t a time for half-hearted measures. Third, he should grab hold of little fond memories.
It’s a trick of one’s will to have the thoughts that you think so use your will to expunge unpleasantries. Defiantly will yourself to oppose misery. Focus on your surroundings. You are here. You are alone inside your head. What are you going to do? Nothing. Slip into those long thoughts called day-dreams. Go blank for a bit. A life revolving around “work” and “pleasure” is not a life. Unless work implies freedom of mind and pleasure lets you slip into lazy day-dreams, you’re wasting your time by not wasting time.
Rationality, efficiency and human practicality ruins the magical happiness felt in being alive and geared to enjoyment. Get back to that magical happiness. Day-dream with abandon like a kid would. Imagine what you want. It’s your world. Go ahead and fly if you want. Wishful thinking isn’t a bad thing!
In the midst of willing, day-dreaming and sense-experiencing, chew the cud of happy memories. Go cow for awhile. Imagine your face is a cow face. It shouldn’t be hard to do. Stare out of yourself. Don’t soil the flooring, but observe your surroundings as a cow would. Literally make yourself forget the cares and annoyances that crowd waking hours. Say, “Forgetaboutit” like a New York gangster-cow would. Go into a secret trance and convert computer screens into fields of green, turn cement walls into pastures. Your supposed jailers are airy nothings. Humour is critical here. Don’t be afraid to smile at yourself and secretly laugh at the silly things people do – including yourself.
The Philosophy of Enjoyment is perfect for weaklings. People who are idle, eccentric, lazy and neurotic love it. They can live a personal life that defies the modern command to turn humans into metal-jacketed electronic ants. An escape from the horrors lies in yourself. When you dive into a gregarious practical chatty-filled life, your soul temporarily commits suicide. Your purpose is to experience a peculiar sort of happiness. Have an attitude that gathers itself together and never ceases from enjoying life. Endure the blows of fate and thrill in the pleasure of simple things. Look around. It’s good to be you, even when it isn’t.