Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Today's Word—We Happy People!


Ignorance Is Bliss:

“Isn’t the ignorance of Americans part of the American experience? Americans are defined as people willing to be involved in the pursuit of happiness. And ignorance is bliss. Therefore, the Founding Fathers have put us on that path: We are pursuing ignorance in order to get to that happiness.”

—Jon Stewart, host, “The Daily Show,” 2008

Pease’s Soapbox

After yesterday’s WORD on the survey documenting the American people’s ignorance of the most basic precepts of the Constitution, it appears that we are well along the Founding Fathers’ Roadmap to Bliss.

Strangely, though, the syllogism sputters as we survey the state of the nation’s happiness—as I perceive it, at least. There is much more evidence of not simply ignorance but WILLFUL ignorance abroad in the land than bliss. Unless, of course, you’re one of those Kings of Wall Street who will cash our $700,000,000,000 check to bail you out of the gawdawful financial mess the moguls and the Bush overseers have gotten us into.

See? Look at the Wall Street meltdown and the proposed blank-check “final solution”—ignorance and bliss abound!

Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and the rest of the moguls might try this for inspiration in tough times:

“I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have
one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult.”

—E.B. White, writer (1899-1985)
(Thanks to alert WORDster Louise Montgomery)

—Ted Pease, working on both bliss and ignorance daily


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