“Is happiness important these days? How can we be happy? What steps do you suggest?”
08 October 2014 2:25pm
Happiness was never important. The problem is that we don’t know what we really want. What makes us happy is not to get what we want. But to dream about it. Happiness is for opportunists. So I think that the only life of deep satisfaction is a life of eternal struggle, especially struggle with oneself. We all remember Gordon Gekko, the role played by Michael Douglas in Wall Street. What he says, breakfast is for wimps, or if you need a friend buy yourself a dog, I think we should say something similar about happiness. If you want to remain happy, just remain stupid. Authentic masters are never happy; happiness is a category of slaves.
(Online Guardian Q&A with the Slovenian philosopher. Il resto del pirotecnico scambio è qui.)
Il suo ultimo libro, Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism, è appena uscito per i tipi di Verso.