Will Concrete Make Us Happy?
Yes, and there’s an irrefutable reason for this outcome.
According to Wikipedia, concrete is the most common man-made material. Concrete is everywhere. Now, where can we find happiness? Rather than consult Wikipedia again, ‘tis nobler consulted other experts, for DJ Andi and Stella know the answer to this question:
It’s in the ocean, yeah!
Happiness is all around, happiness!
It’s in the sunlight, yeah!
Happiness is all around…
Are you following ‘tis nobler’s line of reasoning? The syllogism goes like this:
Concrete is everywhere.
Happiness is all around.
Therefore, concrete IS happiness.
In the movies, it is never true when people say “There’s just one problem”, and it’s not true here either. The first and most fundamental problem is that the use of ‘concrete’ in this post’s title referred to the adjective and not the noun.
Both the past and the future are obstacles to overcome in the pursuit of happiness. On Monday, ‘tis nobler noted that we change the meaning of the past to conform to the present, something that prevents us from learning from our errors in predicting what will make us happy.
And this failing is compounded by the temptation to view the future in abstract ways. In theory, something will make us happy; in practice, however, happiness may prove elusive because it is pushed aside by reality. It’s like the Tomorrowland that never arrives, in which all these magical tools are promised but fail to materialise; it’s summed up in the name of the Scottish Indie music group “We Were Promised Jetpacks”.
Flights of fancy can play useful roles in problems solving and creativity but the link to happiness may be more fanciful. The gap between the concrete and the abstract can be huge and assessments of future happiness based on ‘the promise of jetpacks’ will only ever be a letdown. Dreams must be realised, hopes must be achieved and happiness must be pursued – will anything of consequence happen if dreams, hopes and happiness remain abstract, poorly defined and a long way away?
Concrete is a great way to cement your emotional state in happiness. As always, though, balance is required. Too abstract can just be a mess but too concrete can weigh you down and prevent you from making progress.
Finding ways to transform the abstract into the concrete, the hoped-for into the happening, is a great start for the pursuit of happiness.