September 10th, 2003

breaking bad

Is this not happiness?

From the idler, here is a page where people send in short descriptions of moments that made them happy.

To arrive home from a long journey abroad, have fish and chips and then go to sleep in your own bed. Is this not happiness?

These are inspired by a list compiled by Chin Shengt’an "a 17th century playwright who once found himself stranded with a friend in a temple for ten days because of a rainstorm. While thus secluded, the pair compiled a list of the truly happy moments in life." Chin's 33 happy moments are shown at the foot of the page.

27. To watch someone writing big characters a foot high. Is this not happiness?

28. To open the window and let a wasp out from the room. Is this not happiness?

Yes, it is.