A few days ago, Carol in Cairns, posted this from Socrates:
The secret of happiness...is not found in seeking more,
but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
Carol has moved on and so has apparently everyone else except me. As I am often want to do, I'm lagging around, pondering details. I would like to talk to the old codger but that's not possible for me. Maybe I can ask Madame Weebles to do it...
At any rate, what did he stop seeking? And really, this is directly contradictory to another admonishment, "seek and ye shall find." To seek or not to seek, that is the question. I've decided this all has to do with Wal-Mart.
One of my nephews is extremely retarded and most of the time you can't understand anything he says. You can understand when he says "goto Wal-Mart." If you ask, "Lindberg, why do you want to go to Wal-Mart, he'll say, "see what they got."
Now I have thought at various times they don't have boxes of happiness at Wal-Mart. Yes, I've looked. Arguably, they have though because I found a box of Whitman's chocolates. I have never seen anyone eat chocolate and cry at the same time. Maybe this is possible but I've never seen it. We could ask Robyn.
After an exhaustive search in the store and seeing what Lindberg found on several occasions, I've come to some conclusions:
1. Yes Wal-Mart does indeed have boxes of happiness.
2. Eventually you'll get unhappy though because they won't have anything new.
3. You can eat only so much chocolate. RE: Robyn to see it this statement is true.
4. No matter how much you plead with the manager to get new stuff, new flavors and new toys, she will say she can't.
5. Too much seeking will turn you into a Seeker and you won't have time for anything else.
So now back to Socrates' statement. Just maybe how Socrates would have said it nowadays is stop thinking "I want" and instead think, "I have."