Most of the human race has got it all wrong. They think cheerfulness comes from thoughts that affirm their existence – more money, more sex, more stuff, more power, more status, and buckets full of positive thinking. It seems that people never learn from preceding generations who pursued this way of life. Just look at them – miserable in the main, embittered because their hopes and dreams did not come true. Well of course they didn’t come true, life pays no regard to our sickly sweet fantasies and grasping little egos. For the population as a whole life is only interested in a person reaching breeding age, followed by a period of rearing, and then rapid decline to death. But do not despair, there are many reasons we can be cheerful.
- You and your life amount to nothing – in any way you care to measure it. All the things you think important are beneath contempt – social status, gadgets, relationships, your favorite philosophy, your dreams, your opinions and sense of what is right and wrong. There is a great beauty in being nothing. It means there is nothing to get uptight about, nothing to chase after, no thoughts that can weigh heavy upon you, no situations that can diminish you in any way. Life has no real way of dealing with a nothing person. It has very few hooks that can bite. So here is your first reason to be cheerful – you are nothing, and absolutely nothing matters.
- You have a rational intelligence capable of understanding how the great machine called life works. All living creatures are desperate to survive and so they screw each other over – plants, animals, insects and mankind. While we can observe the savage nature of animal life with a certain amount of detachment, it is harder to deal with members of our own species until we understand one important thing – they are generally willing to screw you over to enhance their own existence. Of course, it may be done in a very charming and genteel manner, but the end result is the same. And the odd thing is that by understanding how these and other things work, we become free of them to a large extent. So here is your second reason to be cheerful – your rational intelligence can figure things out, which in turn reduces the strife and pain in life.
- The universe is completely without meaning, purpose or morality. As far as we are concerned it is just a big beast hell bent of reproducing itself and devouring its own kind – the mother who eats her own children. So we don’t have to bog ourselves down with ideas of life’s purpose, that justice will ensure the good prosper and the bad do not, or go to the effort to try and figure out some kind of meaning. Here is your third reason to be cheerful – drop all your ideas of purpose, meaning, morality and justice.
Cheerfulness comes from a realization of our own inner power, and rejection of any form of validation from other people, philosophies, religions, peers, family or anyone else who might want to load us up with their shit. We don’t even need the universe to validate us because we know it has already passed the death sentence. Wallow in your own self-validation, negate everything else, and experience cheerfulness.