Happiness needs cake

My CoPhi collaborators did me proud yesterday, answering the call for sweet treats-&-dispositions on V-day. Jennifer Hecht is right: “Happiness needs cake.” And chocolate oatmeal cookies, and biscuits from the Loveless.

It began with a song and just kept getting better as the day progressed. “Delight” is just the right word, as noted in stone by Confucius out in front of our library:

“Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and those who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.”

What makes life worth living? Festivity has to be high on my list. Shared celebration of life’s little occasions is a needed reminder of our good fortune. Against all odds, we “in our ordinariness” (as Professor Dawkins* put it) got invited to the party. Lucky us.

Thanks, everybody. Don’t let me forget to return your tins and tupperware.

Anybody else anticipating a birthday?


*After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with colour, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked — as I am surprisingly often — why I bother to get up in the mornings. To put it the other way round, isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be a part of it?



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