“Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.” ― Pythagoras
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Hell is Other People
“’Hell is other people’ (J-P Satre). But so is heaven”
Johnathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis. Read it!
I remember doing a training exercise years ago, in which we
had to cut out magazine pictures of things that were important to us and make a
poster of them. Many people did pictures of family, forests, sea, fashion,
pets, books, etc. What would be on yours? I covered mine with pictures of
people. (I remember being frustrated when someone called it ‘conservative’ but
it showed me photos in magazines really are of a narrow sector of society!) Yes,
I love nature and books and movies and all those other things, but at the end
of the day, what really matters is other people in my life. Although I do agree
with Satre – people can also drive me nuts!
Yesterday a friend posted this on facebook;
(from The Idealist’s Photo website)
which reminded me of an
old poem I wrote years ago & recently dug out of one of the screeds of
journals which litter my bedside table, to
type up. I can still adore people for something as simple as the way they
smile, laugh, look after another person, move, tell a story, or speak.
Just as long as I don’t
have to live with them all….