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I think the secret to happiness is to care a lot about people who care about you, and to not care too much about anything else.

Posted on May 11, 2006 to Observations





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And to eat lots of cheesesteaks.

Posted by: Brendan on May 11, 2006 11:11 PM

Wha ta huh?

Posted by: Bilky on May 12, 2006 12:08 AM

Apart from the more basic level of getting enough food, alcohol and blowjob of the proper quality, that's true.

Posted by: PsycloneJack on May 12, 2006 12:39 AM

And to take care when proofreading...

Posted by: Rob on May 12, 2006 2:49 AM

Hee hee...Rob beat me to it. Glad to see I'm not the only grammar Nazi on the internet.

A true sentiment, nonetheless.

Posted by: Kim on May 12, 2006 6:40 AM

It's like what Dr. Seuss said:

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

Posted by: Sean Hagen on May 12, 2006 8:34 AM

exactly.

Posted by: tori on May 12, 2006 8:49 AM

An appropriate philosophy for exam season.

Posted by: Garvey on May 12, 2006 9:36 AM

When I was a college senior, there was a freshman who cared a lot about me. A scary amount, actually. She would just appear at my door and stay until someone was able to rescue me.

Under this philosophy, was I obligated to care back?

Posted by: Lost Poke on May 12, 2006 10:25 AM

Yet another t-shirt I would buy from the yeti.

Posted by: holley on May 12, 2006 11:08 AM

I don't agree. Because if you care about the people who care about you, then you spend all your time worrying if they still care about you. It's better to just care about yourself and no one else.

Posted by: Ricardo Pants on May 12, 2006 11:25 AM

There were no comments allowed on the last post.

"But the crushing affects of Youth extend well beyond just the affected"

I can't help myself, did you really mean affects? I don't know if its funnier if the youth have affects or if you actually meant effects, maybe I am missing the joke and the genius behind is its dual nature.

Posted by: ctsc on May 12, 2006 12:06 PM

Amen.

Posted by: Linnea on May 12, 2006 12:20 PM

I keep reading your post as "...and not care too much about anyone else" even though it says anything and not anybody. So I disagree but I'm admitting I may be reading the wrong thing into what you're saying.

I think that's what's wrong with the world and the current group in power. There's a lot of care about those that care about them (give them money, vote for them) and not much else (the Iraqi people, the environment, the poor, the non-Christian fundamentalists...). It makes for a sad, isolated world.

I'm not saying I always do the best there either. It's easier to love my friends than my enemies.

Posted by: LizRM on May 12, 2006 12:26 PM

In the immortal words of Mr. Bush: "Brownie's doing a great job!". That's all that mattered to him. Getting lunch (and a blowjob) was all that mattered to Brownie.

Posted by: anonymoose on May 12, 2006 12:42 PM

Are you grammar Nazi's (your term) complaining about "to not care"? Um, sorry, but that's not bad grammar. Just because one can't split an infinitive in Latin (because an infintive is a single word in Latin) doesn't mean it's not perfectly okay to do it in English. The folks who formulated that don't split infinitives rule were erroneously trying to impose Latin grammar on English.

And if that's not what you are complaining about, then do tell what you are, because I see no grammar, spelling, or other language errors in his post.

Posted by: Ellen on May 12, 2006 3:18 PM

Don't forget to also care about watching What's Happening? Rog and Rerun and Dwayne need some love, too.

Posted by: Ian on May 12, 2006 4:49 PM

Actually, I think this sort of philosophy is what ends up in the real world as "Us" vs. "Them". In its extremes it leads to situations like Isreal/Palestine/The whole "middle east".

Simplistic pap.

Posted by: Mister Man on May 12, 2006 6:45 PM

So care about those in your intimate little circle of friends and family and the hell with the rest of humanity? Perhaps I'm misconstruing the intent of your pithy sentiment, but it sounds to me like a recipe for societal decay and ruin. Count me out of Anton LaVey's Utopian wet dream.

Posted by: Jaded on May 12, 2006 7:25 PM

Well, Mister Mannnn, why don't you take your pap and smear it on another blog? We like yeti's simplisticness. Ummm, I mean, his simpleness. No, I mean, his simpletoniousnous. Errr, his simplenicious way of looking at the world. Yeah, that's it, yeti is simplenicious!

Posted by: Davey on May 12, 2006 7:30 PM

"Pap smear"? Great, now I won't be able to get stirrups and speculums off the brain for the rest of the night. =P

Posted by: Guyknowyeti on May 12, 2006 7:42 PM

Please note that this is the secret to happiness. The secret to a perfect society will be posted next Tuesday.

Posted by: Matthew Baldwin on May 12, 2006 7:47 PM

But the Dalai Lama loves us ALL and he seems pretty damn happy. He giggles a lot, anyway. Maybe it's just incense fumes.

Posted by: This is the Zenned on May 12, 2006 8:19 PM

And don't forget Jesus. He loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so. And he must be ecstatic. Living like a god, baby. Angels in scanty robes to polish his halo whenever the heavens move him. Awesome.

Posted by: Really the Zenned on May 12, 2006 8:24 PM

Problem with that is it's a closed loop system. At some point you need to break the rule and show a care for someone who hasnt evidanced care for you yet if you want to increase your 'care pool'. Only one maxim needed courtesy of Bill and Ted, be excelent to each other dude!

Cheers
s

Posted by: Steve on May 13, 2006 1:28 AM

The problem with this way of being is it's a closed loop system. At some point you need to break the rule and show a care for someone who hasnt evidanced care for you yet if you want to increase your 'care pool'(or someone else has to!). Only one maxim needed courtesy of Bill and Ted, be excelent to each other dude!

Cheers
s

Posted by: Steve on May 13, 2006 7:07 AM

Mister Man, dislike is not the same as not caring. If you identify a group as "them", then you care about them. You've given them meaning. The point of this secret of happiness, is, first, it's people, not things, that matter, and, more particularly, those people who care about us. And notice the non black and whiteness of it. It does not say don't care about anything other than people who care about you. It says "not to care too much".

Posted by: Ellen on May 13, 2006 7:08 AM

If it applied to politics too, I think this would totally describes U.S. foreign affairs... Maybe that's why everybody is so happy in the White House.

On another note, I don't believe the Red Cross usually receives "We-care-about-you" letters from disaster victims before they roll out and do their jobs. Still I believe that helping people in need can make me happy even if I don't know them.

Sven

Posted by: Sven on May 13, 2006 11:56 AM

If it applies to politics too, I think this totally describes U.S. foreign affairs... Maybe that's why everybody is so happy in the White House.

On another note, I don't believe the Red Cross usually receives "We-care-about-you" letters from disaster victims before they roll out and do their jobs. Still I believe that helping people in need can make me happy even if I don't know them.

Sven

Posted by: Sven on May 13, 2006 11:57 AM

Unhappiness is caused by attachment to the things of this world, which change and perish and are, ultimately, unattainable. Release from unhappiness is attained by taking the eightfold path.

YC*MV, of course.


*Cosmos

Posted by: Anonymous on May 13, 2006 8:12 PM

This could well be true. I've certainly learned that one secret to unhappiness is to care about people even when they don't give a shit about you in return.

Posted by: maarmie on May 16, 2006 9:38 AM

FYI, I quoted you and linked to you in my blog. Then got wordy and turned your short truism into a mini-essay. :)

Posted by: Ellen on May 16, 2006 5:59 PM

This sounds like the Republican Platform.

Posted by: Jeff on May 18, 2006 1:21 PM