Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happiness is relative

A spiritual path?
This morning's BBC god-slot programme, The Big Questions, asked "Does religion make you happier?" The answer to that? It depends. For millions, religion is a tyrannical system of thought that makes people angry, miserable or just plain confused, while others claim that it does make them "happier" - but happier than what? Anyone who expects to be happy all the time is just plain foolish. Several spoke about their "spiritual path" and others nodded or applauded, but I have no idea what they meant. What's a spiritual path?

Sorry, Nicky Campbell, but a little intellectual rigour wouldn't go amiss on your show, though you'll only hear it from a minority. Oh, and by the way, I'm content without a spiritual path, thanks, whatever it is. I quite like real ones, in the country.