Bad things happen, yes. But people should still be happy, right?
March 3, 2007 2:31 PM Subscribe
I'd like to find books or movies about feeling happiness while living in a world with plenty of injustice, sorrow, evil, and corruption.
I'm not asking for books where people discover that humanity is good after all -- the world obviously will continue to have both good and bad. I want to explore how people can remain aware of bad stuff but not have it overtake them (via despair, anger, cynicism). I want to think about what to say to (perpetually) despairing or cynical friends besides "Just ignore all that and be happy anyway! Whee!" What is happiness, when it doesn't mean being ignorant, being numb to others' suffering, or being fake?
I'd like to find some books and movies out there that help me think this through. I have my own vague thoughts, but I'd like to find more articulate and philosophical responses. I'd especially like fictional examples that demonstrate how one actually lives out this philosophy, or fiction that helps a reader think all this through. Thank you for any suggestions!