The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. - Ursula K Le Guin
@sdm makes me think of Toni Morrison: “I just think goodness is more interesting. Evil is constant. You can think of different ways to murder people, but you can do that at age five. But you have to be an adult to consciously, deliberately be good – and that’s complicated.”
@sdm She’s right, there’s a whole sad thinking tradition based on that premise of knowledge = pain (ergo happiness and optimism = foolishness).
However, one doesn't exclude the other imo. There sure is beauty in some representations of sadness. I would advise though not to delight oneself carelessly in the ones that pull you into that state, but in the ones that make you feel better afterwards.
Anyway, sometimes one needs a break from seeking happiness, or even balance, if that makes sense.
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