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  1. Very well written. I’m not a happy person, either. The American ideal of “pursuit of happiness” is anything but Christian. Christ does not offer happiness, but joy. You can be full of joy and terribly depressed.

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  2. @ pistolpete

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I appreciate it. I wouldn’t say that the “pursuit of happiness” isn’t all that Christian; I just think that too many people mistake what happiness really is.

    I’m not sure that I agree with the notion that you can be “full of joy” and still depressed. I do think you can have the condition of having joy (is that joyful? Funny.), but not necessarily be “full of joy.”

    I’ve got to run to class. I’m gonna have to think on it a bit. Thanks for the food for thought. 🙂

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  3. I have too much to say about this very keen observation. Originally I thought I’d write about this in my blog, but the closest I’ve come is my About page. It’s too big a topic. But I do want to mention these bullet points:

    1. I used to be quite unhappy
    2. Then I died/was broken/landed in The Abyss
    3. If you study Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey Cycle” (my preferred mode of literary analysis), I think I’m now just moving out of the Abyss.
    4. Though I am not “pursuing happiness” sometimes I now often feel a sense of blissful peace/joy/excitement.

    I don’t think Jesus came to make us happy, no. I think Jesus came to say, “Do it this way. Here, let me show you.”

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  4. Chris,

    Campbell’s been on my to-read list for a long time. Is that the name of the book or just the method of analysis? I’m currently working through Ernest Holmes’ Science of Mind now, but it doesn’t hurt to have another lined up.

    Without delving too deeply (a poor idea in a comment and at this hour), I’ll say that I think that at the heart of the happiness/unhappiness issue is the notion of loneliness/fear, and both stem from this idea that we’re separated from God.

    Thanks for stopping by again!

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  5. Joseph Campbell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces

    Be sure to at least scroll down and pay particular attention to Part One, the Adventure of the Hero.

    Oh, do line it up. The Hero’s Journey is a model for lit, myth, religion, life–all of it. Once you know the pattern, you’ll recognize it in everything.

    For me, personally, no idea, has had a deeper an impact.

    P.S. I hate grammar 🙂

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  6. Very interesting take on Jesus’s purpose. I agree, his purpose was not to blow sunshine up everyones skirts, tunics, togas or whatever. He was here to help us see the light which is within us, to show us a path to freedom, to educate us by his example.
    I also do not believe he was here to have us build churches in his name and to be divided on what he said and what he meant. I believe he would be appalled by what is thought and done in his name.

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