Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On Happiness

From a review of the new book "Obliquity" 
which contends that the best way to 
achieve one's results

"Happiness is one of those goals. 
[Author John] Kay quotes John Stuart Mill, 
who framed what has come to be known 
as the happiness paradox: 

"Those only are happy . . . who 
have their minds fixed on some object other
 than their own happiness." 

Or, as Hawthorne said: "Happiness 
is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just 
beyond your grasp, but which, if you will 
sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

Obliquity is the condition 
of being oblique—
a deviation from the vertical or horizontal.

It also refers to the angle between the plane 
of the earth’s orbit and the plane of the equator, a.k.a....

The obliquity of the ecliptic. 

An expression that will
mystify all who hear it,
except astronomers.