Many people are extremely happy, but are absolutely worthless to society.


«Many people are extremely happy, but are absolutely worthless to society.»

— Charles Gow


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13 thoughts on “Many people are extremely happy, but are absolutely worthless to society.

      1. Undoubtedly there are those lead “empty happy lives” … my interpretation is that for instance Nelson Mandela was given a Nobel peace prize, “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”, not for “being happy” … the point being is that society will have a tendency to recognise people’s contributions to society in terms of what they do, not who or how they are being … also “being happy” probably doesn’t have any quantifiable value to others, and therefore society … so the question of whether Nelson Mandela was a happy or unhappy person is largely irrelevant, as far as his contribution (and therefore worth) to society is concerned …

    1. It’s hard to put any value on, however I’d say it’s of value … and yes, better if they aren’t burdens, but I’m guessing the unhappy often tend to be at least an emotional burden on those they interact with, whilst the happy tend to be the opposite …

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