Wednesday, 18 November 2015

What does sitting on a sunny beach MEAN?

I wonder why most people think sitting on the beach is fun. It isn't but people think it is. I suppose this is how many things work, including politics, religion, property bubbles, wars. Most people think something is true so it must be true.

I wonder if it is ultimately about linguistics. Beach recliner as hieroglyphic for joy. 

Schopenhauer said "Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself to money". Beaches are happiness in the abstract too, though not if you were a bookish child forced almost every day in summer to sit on the beach in Essex.


  1. David in Banja Luka19 November 2015 at 09:35


    Perhaps The Stranglers can provide an answer to your question :).

    I enjoy walking along empty beaches, watching and listening to the waves, the changing colours of the sea.

    When I was a child, I also enjoyed sand castle building, digging a tunnel to China ;), rock pool exploring, donkey rides and Punch and Judy.

  2. Why in the world were you forced to sit on the beach every day during the summer???


    Paul your observation dragged this cartoon from my memory..

    1. Thank you, Paul - very profound. Yours has been useful, mine less so.

  4. Do you enjoy being outdoors at all?

  5. Very much, walking. Even sitting in a cafe in an interesting town. Even picnics depending on the company.