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The secret of happiness


What you do doesn’t really matter. If you stopped doing what you do, the world would not end and the sky would not fall in. You are busy driving yourself to an early grave fulfilling unimportant man made tasks that have no sense, reason or importance.

You don’t create, you don’t make. People don’t need or use what you do nor do they ask for or require it. You are a purposeless blot on an already bloated and disease infested corporate nonsense that they call the world of work.

You’ve created ridiculous concepts such as engagement and being “social” to make up for the fact that you’re actually just wasting your lives in the pointless execution of aimless frippery. None of this is real. Stop fighting it, stop struggling to explain your value and accept that you have none.

That is your first step to happiness.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/28/2011 12:26

    It’s not me you’re angry with, it’s yourself 🙂

  2. Sarah Knight permalink
    02/28/2011 12:31

    That’s brilliant and the timing was impeccable. I feel like you have just channelled the very important kick up the arse message I was waiting for. I thank you! 🙂

  3. skurve permalink
    02/28/2011 13:00

    Nothing said here really matters.

  4. 02/28/2011 13:17

    This is brilliant stuff, sir.

    Buddhist perspectives are not often given their due around these HR blogospherical parts.

    An oustanding post.

  5. 02/28/2011 13:34

    These principles apply outside of the work world as well. If only people would pay attention to them and just be happy with what they have.

  6. g-dog permalink
    02/28/2011 13:47

    …. insert gun A into slot B and pull trigger C…..

  7. Karen (Sayya26) permalink
    02/28/2011 14:01

    I guess this is the long way of saying “Your job doesn’t define you”?

  8. Corporate Daycare permalink
    02/28/2011 14:27

    Can you pass along some of what you are smoking?

  9. 02/28/2011 14:32

    For God’s sake, cheer up.

  10. Lena permalink
    02/28/2011 17:39


  11. fernandomando permalink
    02/28/2011 18:26

    yeah right.

    If your son started playing violent xbox games non stop and gave up on ambition, would you praise his enlightened state of being?

    I doubt it.

  12. Mat Davies permalink
    02/28/2011 18:28

    cheer up man- it might never happen. you might not create_ I do and Im pretty happy

  13. 02/28/2011 21:10

    Thank you. That was an uplifting message 🙂
    Here is another step to happiness: Nobody cares. Nobody cares what you’re wearing, thinking, doing, agonizing about, because everyone is preoccupied with their own lives. So don’t fret about what other people think of you. They aren’t.

  14. Beth Mayes permalink
    02/28/2011 21:24

    You know what, I may not create or “make a difference” but I support those that do and that makes me happy. :op

  15. 02/28/2011 22:12

    How come you were able to put in words the way I feel today? Is there some kind of vibe going around the world? Are you some kind of guru that can feel the pulse of the Earth?
    I mean, you put my feelingd into brilliant words.

  16. Rachael permalink
    03/01/2011 04:25

    I think I must be one of the few people who just likes her job. You are right, if I fell under a bus tomorrow morning, people would be slightly inconvenienced for the next 48 hours and then get over it. However, I get up because I love to be here. However, I do go home because you are right, being here ALL the time is useless and something that I know I am going to regret on my deathbed at (somewhere around) the age of 85… 🙂

  17. 03/01/2011 04:32

    This is so true. I don’t do shit. I don’t pretend like I do shit. My meaninglessness set me free.

  18. 03/01/2011 06:28

    In the same vein, read “Rules for Aging” by Roger Rosenblatt. Review in The Time:,9171,54448,00.html

  19. 03/02/2011 06:41

    So once we accept our fate do we continue to push on in our meaningless journey so we can fund the lifestyle we desire or do we become a social change agent and fight world hunger?

    Or do we do our work, screw the engagement part that makes us feel better about our position and use that time to start a hunger campaign on Facebook whilst funding our hedonistic lifestyle and potentially get one step closer to cracking the secret of happiness??

  20. 03/02/2011 13:51

    @Aloncalcia – Rumour has it we are one and the same! 🙂

    @Sarah Knight – Welcome my dear.

    @skurve – Amen to that one…..

    @Michael Carty – Thanks Michael….from Exitentialism to Buddhism…

    @The gold digger – Just be happy with what you have indeed….

    @g-dog – Hahahaha!

    @Karen – I guess it is….

    @Corporate Daycare – Nope….bugger off 🙂

    @Henry – I’m not unhappy…..stop projecting….. 🙂

    @Lena – 🙂

    @fernandomando – I’d rather he was happy actually….

    @Mat Davies – You create a mess right?

    @Ralph Bassfeld – I couldn’t agree with you more.

    @Beth Mayes – As long as you’re happy….that is the main thing.

    @Felipe Maurer – Thanks for commenting…..I’m glad the words resonated with you.

    @Rachael – That is wonderful….as long as you like your life as well.

    @laurie ruettimann – But you do it with style!

    @Damon Klotz – We do what we feel is right…..

  21. Joan Zarneh permalink
    05/31/2012 16:25

    What is your alternative to work? I believe that God has a purpose for each one of us and until you find your rest in Him you will not be content, fulfilled and have meaning in your life.

  22. 05/27/2014 04:04

    What is this? I don’t think being truly happy is not to care. If you care and truly you are happy in what you do. Don’t make HAPPINESS into SELFISHNESS.


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