No, this is not me saying farewell after I’ve received a double top secret message from A Former Military Intelligence Agent Who Believes In Democracy And Wants To Save America who just happened to be scanning through his Rolodex and saw my name and decided to give his old buddy a heads up and then of course I’d have nothing better to do with impending doom descending upon me than to slowly pedal into town so I could get an Internet connection and warn all my minions which let’s face it even though I love you all it isn’t like any of you have moved out here and volunteered to become part of my Bison Army Of Doom so I think the odds of me sharing that kind of information are pretty slim. This is rather an article on happiness, and like all these other weird arcane topics I seem to want to discuss which leave you scratching your head in befuddlement as you wonder why I can’t just be like every other of the eighty-three survival blogs out there and just cover mulching and machineguns, this is yes indeed very pertinent indeed to your future survival. If you can’t figure out how group dynamics work, you WILL get bit in the ass repeatedly by that. And, yes, I too would much rather be some Jerimiah Johnson mountain man lone wolf hermit sonofabitch who spits on society and all the rat bastard worthless oxygen wasting morons but in reality we are going to need all those skeevy whores for a viable community and so we have to deal with them.
I was watching a show on my fav commie lapdog company PBS on happiness. It seems that all these docs were focused on miserable droopy hangdog downers of sad excuse humans, like that is a job you can really spring out of bed for ( “Honey, I’m going to listen to other peoples sad and pathetic problems all day long and hope none of them offs himself and his survivors sue me, I’ll be home for dinner!” ), and it wasn’t until the Eighties that one of them decided to focus of happiness instead of depression. So it is a relatively new field. And here was a rather surprising conclusion. In general, all things being equal, everyone is only able to control their own ability to be happy 40% of the time. You are born with the ability or not, which is about 50% of your propensity towards happiness. If you were born under a cloud, the odds are against you being happy, even if you are a millionaire and you have a young trophy wife with a nice rack. The other ten percent is circumstances. Whether you are a poor rickshaw driver baking in the sun and only having enough fairs to buy nothing but rice for dinner, or a top executive, that is only 10% of if you are happy or not. If you were born happy, and you decide to be happy, that 10% matters not on iota. All those self-help books telling you to be happy and riches will follow, are preaching about the 40%. It might work, or it might not. Come the apocalypse, some people will naturally adapt and be okay and others will just be miserable fools trying to bring everyone down to their level. Of course, recognizing the problem, and then having a solution are two different things.
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