Sir Derren of Brown’s Happiness

For the last few weeks I have been ploughing through a book by Sir Derren of Brown, now I know that technically Derren is not yet a Sir, but I’m sure the Queen simply overlooked him due to her sniffles and he will be Knighted very soon, or something equally suitable, once he has worked his magical charms on her. Anyhow, the book is called Happy and it is a look at the very essence of happiness, viewed by various philosophers across the millennia, and whilst it is a fascinating read, it is also hard work mainly due to Derren’s love of very long words, so I have been keeping a dictionary to hand and delving into it on many an occasion. I came across two such words last night, and am just disappointed that I have not encountered them sooner….
Who could not love a spot of bacchanal – better known as wild and drunken celebrations and, if felo de se were more commonly used, then suicide would be portrayed as a far more romantic notion – think Romeo & Juliet (it’s actually an archaic legal term for when someone commits an unlawful malicious act resulting in his or her own death). I have to point out, as one who has previously tried to take their own life – trying to commit felo de se has a certain je ne sais quoi to it (- please, do not start offering me helpline numbers for fear of a re-attempt & apologies for those that find me soemwhat facetious, but after all it was my felo de se and I am totally entitle to jest about it should I care to.
The book starts by evaluating happiness from the perspective of the Athenians such as Socrates and Plato, through to the Stoics and Christianity and ending up with Freud, who if I’m honest was never happy because he was so hung up on various sexual perversions, that not even a drip feed of Prozac would have made him smile, and anyway, I think he has been largely discredited these days due to being beaten to many of his so-called original ideas about the unconscious by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.
The book, so far is totally worth a read, although I haven’t as yet reached the part where Derren attempts to make us all happy-bunnies. If you take nothing else from it, take some of the exceeding long or new and interesting words to use in conversation, just remember to say them with conviction and when that person nods appreciatively, you’ll know that they really haven’t got a clue what you’re going on about – I obviously do not need to employ this method, as most people haven’t got a clue what I’m going on about anyway.
Love & light one and all xx

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