The feedback about our little website so far has been, on the whole, encouragingly positive. There have been one or two little criticisms, though. People appreciate the way the articles are so thought-provoking, but they are sometimes disappointed that, despite the witticisms, the mood generally is so negative, so critical – so unhappy. People even went so far as to use words like “grim” and “bleak” (which actually made us smile because these are two of our favourite words).
Rather than give a philosophical defence of negativity (which in any case would probably turn out to be a smokescreen for the fact that we were born with unusally low levels of a certain neurotransmitter – dopamine, probably) we have chosen to use the following quotation as a reply to our critics (it is from “The House at Pooh Corner” and is, of course, about everyone’s favourite bear, Winnie, and his friend Christopher Robin, who is not a bear):
We hope that this clears up once and for all that even if we are not the world’s greatest merry-makers we do at least appreciate true Happiness.
It is not by chance that the image of happiness comes from children's literature. For those of us who have dwelt too much upon man's inhumanity to man (and it is men who are to blame) true happiness can only be a memory of something that we might once have felt, for we find ourselves agreeing with those who asked how anyone could be truly and completely happy while there is still a pauper on a street corner somewhere in the world begging.