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ads sells out, answers work emails, becomes funded researcher, bureaucratized philosopher of happiness?

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Strange. Answering work-email, including one from our departmental “research facilitator.” And for the life of me, I can’t see why I shouldn’t “express interest” in becoming part of “a research initiative on subjective wellbeing and practical implications for design and delivery of public policy and services.”

Is the trick in the “subjective” determination of “wellbeing”? There has to be a trick. Is that where I would encounter problems? I suppose I don’t really have a problem with that, as I can see and discuss the “subjective” even if I automatically and instantly translate it into meta-effect of the “objective.”

So very roundabout, there’s nothing that my work’s aimed at (again, so so roundabout) more centrally than the “design and delivery of public policy and services” toward the enhancement of “happiness,” whether subjective or objective.

I wonder if I would stop all the other madness if I were, in the long run, appointed as house man-of-letters for a lovely organization like the NHS? I bet I’d have an easier time settling down with myself, working at my desk.

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July 19, 2009 at 12:49 am

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  1. “The man who has been described by the Sunday papers as ‘Alain de Botton’s evil twin’ joins us on the line now for an exclusive interview. Hello AdsWivowtProdukts. Please tell us what your work is all about.”

    “I’d just like people to be happier really – not in a consumeristic ‘I’m so happy I’m going to buy loads of stuff for all my friends’ sense of course, but happiness in a sense that is based wholly on a concrete actualisation of the psychological manifestation of a joyful well-being that is not dependent on whether they lost their job on the same day their cat was eaten by a dog.”

    “Thanks, it’s all clear to me now. Can you tell us one thing – what exactly is the difference between objective and subjective happiness?”

    “I’m not certain right now. I’ll get round to it at some point. There’s a book in there somewhere I’m sure.”


    July 19, 2009 at 8:45 am

  2. Yeah, I’m not entirely sure about the objective / subjective happiness issue, or obj / sub anything issue. That’s the sort of shit that fuels a lifeswork, know what I mean.


    July 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

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