“Human felicity is produced … by little advantages that occur every day.”*
I thought it best to check out he meaning of the word felicity as it’s not one I find myself using every day. It turns out to mean the state of being happy.
Happiness doesn’t happen as a default in the systems we inhabit. The status quo turns out to be a way of benefiting fewer people. It wants this to be this and that to be that, but life is this and that, that and this:
‘Jung says that in the unconscious the opposites lie side by side. It is only up in the conscious world that there is separation.’^
Happiness is produced by our questioning of what is … and what is not. We need ways of questioning that are about seeing more. Carl Jung spoke about the different qualities of sunlight and moonlight which enable us to see differently:
‘The hard edges of the day are softened by the sun’s gentle light, and I see the relationship of all things. […] Jung’s point is that we need both ways of seeing. We need moonlike consciousness and sunlike consciousness.’**
“The night is large and full of wonder.”^
Whenever someone argues – about education, employment, economics, race, gender, the first world and developing world … – this is the way it has to be, you know it isn’t.