I am starting this blog to bring you into this discussion of talking about whatever it is that makes you happy. I’d like to take an intellectual approach to everything in our lives that is not intellectual.

There’s an old Roman saying that stated:

“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”

I understand the writer when saying this was saying this with disdain of the people observed. He was saying that these people have given up so much power. They had say over how they were to be ruled and instead all they care about is being fed and being entertained (bread and circuses). I want to look at it as a a truth of human nature.

Roman governments across the world started applying this model of providing in one way or another for their people only those two things. Food and entertainment. They observed this was somehow enough for quite a long period of time to keep the people happy so they wouldn’t revolt. It was a win/win for everyone. The people didn’t demand shelter or health care. For the most part they were content with only those two things. They were happy.

I understand food. It’s essential to not starve to death and we can not live without it. But entertainment? Is entertainment an essential part of being happy and living a full life? I submit it is in one form or another.

It’s with that thought that I start this discussion with you. I will have several bloggers featured on this blog discussing what makes them happy. They will be taking a thoughtful look at why these things make them happy, what they have in common with one another, and why they ultimately matter.

-Ian
http://www.kidinacape.com

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