Wednesday, 18 November 2015

What does sitting on a sunny beach MEAN?

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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.

6 comments:

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

    Paul,

    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.

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

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  3. http://offlogic.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/wasted_and_useful_lives-bkliban.gif

    Paul your observation dragged this cartoon from my memory..

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

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  4. Do you enjoy being outdoors at all?

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

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