Why do we in the US feel we must be always happy? That throbbing vein in our culture renders us jealous and sore.
Why? Because it’s impossible. I bet we scarf down more anti-depressants than people in other countries.
Other countries have other problems. A recent intelligent Financial Times article opined that the French thrive on malaise as is evidenced by their unhappy mouth movements and shoulder shrugs. The writer believes his fellow Brits are victims of feelings repressed by wit.
He writes that people in the U.S. are viciously bent on being happy.
I think we are sore as hell because we individually fail to achieve happiness as a full-time state.
Enter crap news.
Leafing through one weekday NY Times, headlines claw me. They contain bold-face words like: reject, murder, doubt, setback, lost fight, dirty politics. Eeek.
Our newspapers are brimming with crappy stories highlighting other people’s failures and miseries. I think these headlines make us feel better–not exactly happy–but better.
I’d love to see more good news about other people’s good fortune. I don’t think good news makes me jealous or miserable.
Warren Buffet stories are the rare consistently positive ones. Indeed reflecting our materialist yearnings, news of billionaires is almost uniformly good. Leonard Lauder gives art. Someone named Koch wins a law suit about wine etc.
It’s time to cut the crap news.