43 thoughts on “A man can only …

  1. Mike says:

    Does that imply that man can never be happy?

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  2. Jackie says:

    I’ve always found Gandhi to be kinda creepy!

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  3. Mordanicus says:

    Well, you shouldn’t give gandhi the credits for this saying. An ancient Greek philosopher made this one, several thousands years before him.

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    • makagutu says:

      you are right. The Greek should be Solon I guess. Gandhi repeats it in his interpretation of the Gita.

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      • Mordanicus says:

        Nevertheless, I tend to agree with this statement.

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        • emmylgant says:

          In the same vein there is a bible verse that says that the day of a man’s death is better than the day of his birth….
          Obviously you all I have the wrong definition of happiness….I like mine better.;; I’ll stick with it.

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          • makagutu says:

            Tell me friend, what is your definition of happiness maybe I could also adopt it.

            I like more the person who said the first best thing is not to have been born the second best is to die sooner!

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            • emmylgant says:

              Happiness is feeling good in your skin, doing what you are meant to do and feeling like the world is smiling with you. Not very specific or rational but it beats being dead or suffering. 🙂

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              • makagutu says:

                I think it beats suffering. Nothing could beat being dead 🙂

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                • emmylgant says:

                  I am afraid tha my lust for life can’t comprehend that thought. If being dead meant happiness, we would allact like lemmings jumping off buildings in a single bound, no?

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                  • makagutu says:

                    So far as we can tell we are devoid of feeling once we are dead and for us the living we’d do everything to postpone the day of death just because for most of us we entertain a hope that pain and suffering will pass, that we’ll be happy and that our existence serves some purpose. That’s how I see it and I could be wrong. what say you my friend?

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                    • emmylgant says:

                      Are most of you days spent in pain and suffering? Mine are not. Sure there are things I would like to change, improve, erase, wave a magic wand and pouf it off the planet, but overall, things are rather pleasant. Birds songs, music, flowers, writing, good friends like you to connect with… the list of pleasant things could go on and on. Postponing the day of death to me is not because I hope to postpone suffering or because I hope my life has some meaning (I know better), but because I actually enjoy living and the sensations, feelings, emotions, understanding, all kinds of tangible and not so tangible things that make me grateful to breathe. I feel like I need to justify the simple pleasure of being alive….
                      I find more reasons to be glad to live (although the reasons may be shallow to philosophers) than reasons to wish I were dead.
                      When my wish to be dead will outweigh my desire to see another sunrise for the pleasure inherent in that show, I will be dead. Until then let me smell the flowers and paint pictures, dance with dragonflies and feel content that I can.

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          • makagutu says:

            My days are mainly pleasant. Maybe it is the reason I can focus my abilities to think about suffering and write about it. I am also alive to the fact that pain and suffering are our very faithful companions on this journey. The difference is where our energies are focused, there are those who wake up and all around them is suffering yet there are those, like me, who wake up and all around them is a reason to be happy.

            In as much as I am happy to be alive, my philosophy inclined brain refuses to give serious reasons to be alive. At least, however, it has not suggested we kill me.

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  4. john zande says:

    I don’t get it

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  5. emmylgant says:

    That’s because he can’t give a damn anymore. I think that’s what it means.

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  6. holly says:

    One of those times I’m…Happy to be a woman… 😀 hee…

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    • makagutu says:

      That’s an interesting observation 😀

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      • holly says:

        just having a bit o’fun playin on the word “man” … 😉
        honestly on this one I am with John….
        who but the man himself can say whether he is truly happy or not?
        I for one enjoy happiness while i am alive. We must seize the moments…once I am gone…what will it then matter? (but the point could well be hopping right over my head… )

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  7. aguywithoutboxers says:

    When we’re dead, we’re dead. Nothing else matters anymore. No hunger. No thirst. No pain. No cares. So true, only then are we really happy!

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