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february 5, 2013 (0140us)  


In The Revelation of Arès the word happiness is rare.
Actually, happiness is everywhere in it.
It is the invisible air that its reader breathes.
Just as the universe is in an astronomical telescope, happiness is the Great Whole to which the Word brings us.
Why change the world (Rev of Arès 28/7), if the action does not end up at happiness?
Happiness is the Reason why our faith is active.
The word happy is still rarer in The Revelation of Arès. At the verse (28/15-22) it describes one and the same type of believer, the man or woman who keeps on unfailingly with penitence under the hard circumstances, which the beatitudes mention: scandal, poverty, servitude, hunger and injustice, whilst retaining virtue, love, peace, generosity at sharing.
At the verse (9/6) happiness means intimate bless between husband and wife; at (37/9) it means happiness kept in grief ; at (xxvi/12) it means happiness kept in hardships.
It is just at the verse (36/23) that happiness has an absolute meaning: Happiness is not weighed in time, but in eternity. That is the whole point; there is no need of development. Absolute eternal happiness was what I was thinking of when entitling this entry happiness.

The world has continuously used the word happiness since time immemorial in all possible forms, even extreme ones. The Frenchtelevision channel M6 presented a show called "I’ve decided that I’ll be happy" on January 31 and told that they would soon present another show called "Happiness can be learned." Not prostitution, but happiness trading in my opinion is the oldest job in the world.
Modern philosopher Vincent Cespedes, the author of "I love you, another love policy" protests against the "happinessism wranglers" ; he actually does not do anything but be akin to all those who for millennia have claimed that happiness is just a question of training or formulae, or of escape from realities, or a matter of elation or euphoria.
Another modern philosopher Pascal Bruckner writes in an antinomical way, "I love life too much, so I don’t want to be happy," which does not mean anything, but permits him to publish a maxim which makes him different. In short, people on earth can only talk through their hats of happiness either relative or momentary.
We Arès Pilgrims do not refuse to accept times of happiness in our earthly lives, but we aim to absolute eternal happiness in its beginnings which the joyful festive times of penitence give us (Rev of Arès 30/10-11), thereby we puzzle those who can see happiness only as momentary exhilarations or raptures unrelated to penitence, which they see as something sad while we see it as joyful.
As penitence  makes us happy, we have been somewhere else already.
We know that the path upwards to absolute happiness is not the way of the seekers after earthly happiness. Actually, we accept earthly happiness as well as absolute happiness, but we do not mistake one for another.
We are aware that absolute happines, that which Adam lived through in the Garden of Eden, is not weighed in time but in eternity (Rev of Arès 36/23), it is Life totally free from worries, diseases, aging and death.
Life beyond life.

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