Smiley-face.gifWelcome to Hillary's HappyTime--where all your dreams will come true! As long as your dreams are about me and my life philosophy!


The Happytime's diphilosophy statement:
Self-discovery
Knowing myself and my history is the key to understanding all the world's puzzles. It is important to always focus again on myself when the world forces too much stress upon me. Serenity and truth are found within myself and my past.
Part 1
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I must always know where I stand and never take anything at face value. I need never assume anything anyone tells me is automatically true. Everything has two sides. When people blindly accept statements or ideals as facts, that is when freedom of speech, thought, and enquiry is wasted and destroyed. When a society questions its leaders, morals, ideals, and religion, it will always improve, as people left to make their own decisions on matters of life always turn out for the better. The more freedom of thought (and, more importantly, use of that freedom), the more anchored I will be to my personal morals and beliefs. I must research "facts" that are difficult to believe. I want to learn to cut through the gobbledygook that life throws at me and find truth. Seek truth. Knowing two sides to an issue is important in discovering my own ideas about the subject and thus knowing myself better.
Part 2: It is necessary to periodically release my barbaric yawp in a harmless, cathartic way. For example--getting outside, singing, music, expanding energy, getting away from hectic human society. If this is not indulged, I will release the repressed energy and stress in harmful ways. Getting back to my roots and the simplest of pure things in life with bring inner peace.



Mosaic Poem:

Part I:
I hope we are always able to risk
Everything for the just and right cause

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If what you believe is your truth, stand up for it no matter the opposition.


If we do not make this decision,
We could never again call ourselves innocent.
That in the end is what we have protected here:
Innocence.
That, I'm not ready to give up.
We can move towards hope,
That is what is beautiful.
I am running toward hope,
Let me run.
For I quail
To bring men out of ignorance.
And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes?
I will not,
I cannot.
I'll be successful in my quest.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
Reason and free enquiry,
The only effectual agents against error.
To suppress free enquiry is a double wrong.
It violates the rights of the hearer
As well as those of the speaker.
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Give loose to the people,
They will support the true religion
By bringing every false one
To the test of their investigation.
The eternal decrees of God,
Election,
Reprobation,
Appeared to them unintelligible,
Others Doubtful.
Reason and experiment have been indulged,
Error fled before them.
Truth can stand alone.

When you don't research your facts and know exactly what you believe, you end up looking like an idiot... and dead people come out of your television set.


Men are created equal.
Endowed by their Creator
With certain unalienable rights,
That among these are
Life.
Liberty.
And the pursuit of happiness.


Part II:
Wanderers in a happy valley
Through two luminous windows saw
Spirits moving musically
To a lute's well-tuned law
Flowing, flowing, flowing
And sparkling evermore
But to sing in voices of surpassing beauty.

Drops of Jupiter by Train is very cathartic for me. I like to listen to this song after a stressful day because I think it has a sense of awe about the universe and makes my problems seem irrelevant.

I heard them,
Many many days ago.
And now the breaking of the hermit's door,
And the death-cry of the dragon,
And the clangor of the vault!
Will it not be here anon?
Is it not hurrying to upbraid me?
For my haste?
Have I not heard its footstep on the stair?
Do I not distinguish that heavy,
Horrible beating of its heart?
To a discordant melody;
While like a rapid ghastly river,
Through the pale door,
A hideous throng rush out forever,
And laugh--but smile no more.


The Barenaked Ladies song, Pinch Me, talks about releasing your barbaric yawp in different ways and not to take yourself to seriously or you will just get frustrated. Getting back to these simple roots, like in the song, is very cathartic in the process of self-discovery.

It's like a dream - you try to remember but it's gone, then ya
Try to scream but it only comes out as a yawn, when ya
Try to see the world beyond your front door.

Try to figure out what all this is for.
Pinch Me
Pinch Me
Cos I'm still asleep.
Please God
Tell Me
That I'm still asleep



Part III:
I must learn to reawaken,
Not by mechanical aides,
But by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
Learn to detect and watch that gleam of light
Which flashes across the mind from within.
To believe my own thought,
To believe that what is true for me in my private heart
Is true for all men, genius.

I am able to apprehend
What is sublime and noble
Only by the perpetual instilling and drenching
Of the reality that surrounds me.
Whether I travel fast or slow,
The track is laid out for me.
Let my spend my life conceiving.
Familiar is the voice of the mind.
Trust myself:
Every heart vibrates to that iron string.

Every human being has a steel plate in his head.
But if I lie down now and then
And get still as I can,
It will slide open like elevator doors,
Letting in all the secret thoughts
That have been standing around so patiently
Pushing the button for a ride to the top.
Real troubles in life happen
When those hidden doors stay closed for too long.

The world will give me that
Once and a while.
Where somebody dabs mercy on my beat-up life.

The whole problem with people is
They know what matters,
But they don't chose it.
Knowing can be a curse on a person's life.
I'd traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth,
And I didn't know which was heavier.
Once I know the truth,
I can't ever go back and pick up my suitcase of lies.
Heavier or not,
The truth is mine.


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