“The Geography of Bliss”
by Eric Weiner
My Journal 1/21/13
I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of “The Geography of Bliss” and read it cover to cover within the week. Eric Weiner writes about his adventures looking for the happiest place in the world – and it’s not Disney. I swear this entire book could have made it into my journal, but I chose some of the most promising pieces that made me really think.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
“As author Eric Hoffer put it, “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” That’s okay. I’m already unhappy. I have nothing to lose.”
This last quote really made me think, what in the fast-paced American way of life is healthy for us? We have so many things to make it convenient to continue our on the go way of life. It’s pedal to medal! Eric Weiner does a great job pointing out various frame works of the American culture that can be the a source of unhappiness.
“Worst of all was Freud. While not technically a brooding philosopher, Freud did much to shape our views on happiness. He once said: “The intention that Man should be happy is not in the plan of creation.” That is not in the plan of creation. That is a remarkable statement, especially coming from a man whose ideas forged the foundation of our mental – health system. Imagine if some doctor in turn-of-the-century Vienna had declared: The intention that Man should have a healthy body is not in the plan of creation. We’d probably lock him up, or at least strip him of his medical license. We certainly wouldn’t base our entire medical system on his ideas. Yet that is exactly what we did with Freud.”