Would You Do It?

If you could be happy for just a while but you knew from the start that it would end in sadness, and bring pain afterwards, would you choose to have that happiness or would you avoid it≫

-Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

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24 thoughts on “Would You Do It?”

    1. I can’t stop myself from thinking of Jack Nicholson in that movie when walking out of the psychiatrist office he stops and looks at everybody in the waiting room and asks ‘What if THIS is as good as it gets?’

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    1. I’ve done it over and over again, always took the risk even if it looked impossible. “Jump. The net will appear.” has always been my motto.

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  1. I’d like to think that I would just go for it, but hmmm, scary, right? Pain and sadness – I’m not sure if I’d like to intentionally bring either of those upon myself.

    Bah, eff it, yeah, I’d go for it, as long as red wine was involved, and chocolate, oh and Thai curry.

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    1. Scary? Fuck yeah! But before you take the leap you never know what the outcome will be, and how do you know what pain and sadness is when you’ve got nothing to compare it to. How do you know bad taste without good taste?

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  2. you know….i figure that is in the future and i will deal with it anyway…

    and no on the chocolate cause then i would probably hate the taste over time you know…

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  3. Depends if the pain is mine or others.
    This made me think of another quote although it’s off topic ish:
    “If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution — then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise.” -Aldous Huxley

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  4. I’d do it! Happy is a great feeling to have.
    This subject made me think of family pets. They bring much joy and happiness, but they ALWAYS die long before we do. That can bring major sadness (to me anyway)…

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  5. Honestly, I think with me it would depend on what the payoff was and what would happen to the other person. I don’t want anyone to fully suffer if I’m getting something great.

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  6. ‘Tis better to have loved and lost etc.
    I’m actually living this one. And the answer is this. For all the pain she brought us, I sometimes sincerely wish my sister had never been born. Except that without her I wouldn’t have my cool niece. And except that I wouldn’t surrender my son even though I know that his story could end exactly like hers. And her having lived as she did has armed me to fight for my son in a way my parents could never fight for my sister. I am prepared, when the time comes, to allow him to be temporarily institutionalized at age 8, which was the first time someone suggested that for my sister. My parents balked. I won’t. I’m prepared to force him to stay in treatment for as long as the choice is mine. My mother would have done that for my sister. Dad kept undermining her. Scott and I won’t undermine each other. We’re on the same page.

    So in the end, I have to thing that pain serves us, too, in ways that we least expect it, and that to reject the pain would also be to reject loves we never imagined.

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  7. That sounds like everything that has ever made me happy ever. Or anyone else, for that matter. Happiness is always followed by sadness and pain is always followed by relief. Hell yeah, I’d take it.

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  8. I would totally do it! Life must always balance out in the end. You cannot have happiness without sadness. As a human, I welcome the whole spectrum of emotions, hey, sort of like the blog post i just made today, but in colours.
    Shameless blog plug!

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