‘Happiness’ Category Archives

22
Sep

DRUGS, EDUCATION AND HARM-MINIMISATION: are we altogether on the wrong track?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, God, Happiness, Lifestyle

The Australian Government’s Principles for School Drug Education still state that the overall goal must be harm minimisation.
The rationale seems to be:
(1) most people use drugs only occasionally and for a short part of their lives.
(2) it’s impossible to eliminate drugs from society anyway.
(3) therefore, “harm-minimisation” is good enough.
They assume that the main problem with badly-behaved people is their being ignorant – so that education is the answer.
Plato taught that 2400 years ago. He was wrong. But we still believe it. We like the idea. It dominates how our taxes get spent.
It’s wrong because it’s deterministic — telling wrong-doing persons that, deep down, they can’t really change.
Jesus Christ, however, taught that happiness comes with purity.
Blessed are the pure in heart,” he said, “for they shall see God.” (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 5)
Is purity something realistic to aim at?
If we discipline ourselves to even make a start in behaving better, do we really begin, by God’s grace, to re-constitute ourselves?
Should we be teaching our young people that?

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9
Sep

HAPPINESS: how to achieve it? does it matter? have we got it all wrong?

by Arnold Jago in Happiness, Lifestyle, Multiculturalism

I read yesterday that Denmark is the world’s happiest nation. This, despite a relatively high suicide rate.
A while ago I read that Costa Rica is the happiest. Despite abortion not being legal there.
Is being “happy” important?
Interestingly, Jesus Christ taught at length about happiness. So he considered it important.
Jesus didn’t teach in English. The word repeated so often in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 5 (and in Luke chapter 6) is translated as “happy” in modern Bibles, but as “blessed” in older Bibles.
Anyway, he listed eight groups of “happy” people:
1. the poor
2. the meek
3. those who mourn
4. the hungry
5. the merciful
6. the pure
7. peacemakers
8. the persecuted
Some of those could be surprises.
You’d think them the people most likely to be sorry for themselves.
If he is right, many of us should perhaps be living differently.

7
Sep

SAME SEX MARRIAGE IS THE THIN EDGE OF THE WEDGE: your freedom of speech and information will follow normal marriage our of the window.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Common Sense, Family, Happiness, Justice

When or if same-sex “marriage” is legalised, will those who campaigned for it be happy and uplifted?
And will the rest of find that there was little against it for us after all?
I doubt it.
More likely those of us wanting the new legalisation overturned will be intimidated into silence.
Plus our children propagandised on the subject at school.
And will children adopted by same-sex couples find themselves denied knowledge of their biological heritage?

22
Apr

QUEEN ELIZABETH II TURNS 90: here a few of her memorable quotes

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Common Sense, Faith, Happiness

You can’t help liking her:

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong . . . God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it.”
(on her 21st birthday)

“It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult . . . today we need a special kind of courage. Not the kind needed in battle, but a kind which makes us stand up for everything that we know is right, everything that is true and honest . . . so that we can show the world that we are not afraid of the future.”
(Christmas 1957)

“For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life.”
(Christmas 2000)

“God sent into the world a unique person . . . a Saviour, with the power to forgive. Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love.”
(Christmas 2011)

“Nothing that can be said can begin to take away the anguish and the pain of these moments. Grief is the price we pay for love.”
(to the people of the USA on 22 September 2001)

And, last but not least:
“Football’s a difficult business and aren’t they prima donnas?”
(BBC News, 2007)

7
Oct

AFL FOOTBALL FINAL RESULT TRIGGERS CELEBRATIONS AT HAWTHORN: good to see people happy. but are they really happy? or are they just distracting themselves from deep emptiness?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Entertainment, Happiness, Lifestyle, sport

The day after last Saturday’s AFL Final, thousands of fans gathered at Glenferrie Oval which the media described as “their spiritual home”.

Sport is Australia’s religion.

Is that true? Literally true?

Is skill at brawling over possession of a ball the most spiritual thing our culture offers for celebration or worship?

Really?

This puts a new slant on the question of “homelessness”.

Australia’s biggest problem is perhaps not so much physical homelessness, as spiritual homelessness.

Is sport our biggest enemy preventing Australians finding a real motivation for life??

Can’t we somehow get things into proportion so that sport’s good points help us find meaningfulness – instead of being a meaning-less secular addiction?

 

26
Aug

POVERTY, INEQUITY, HOMELESSNESS: how to help a bit.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, Happiness, Justice, Truth

This week (August 23-30) is National Op Shop Week: the slogan being “Op till you Drop”.

Everybody can do something to help.

Like giving something you don’t need any more to your nearest op shop. (Only stuff in a good enough condition that you’d be happy to give to a friend or family member)

Or buying something there. Whatever money you spend will go to the charity concerned. You will have helped a worthy cause.

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The St Vincent de Paul Society, for example, has 620 “Vinnies” shops around Australia.

The people serving in the shop are volunteers, so practically all income goes straight into their good works.

Last year they assisted 1.3 million people.

Including two million hot meals, 365,000 bed nights — plus more than $9 million worth of household items, furniture, clothing etc. to people coming for assistance.

More info at www.vinnies.org.au/