The hedonic treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the supposed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. According to this theory, as a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness. (via sleevia)
From the late 1860s until the 1970s, several American cities had ugly laws making it illegal for persons with “unsightly or disgusting” disabilities to appear in public. Some of these laws were called Unsightly Beggar Ordinances. The goal of these laws was seemingly to preserve the quality of life for the community, similar in spirit to current homeowners association regulations and by-laws. (via sleevia)
“The goal of all life is to realize the absolute oneness of God, from whom the universe emanated as a result of whim of unconscious divinity to know itself as conscious divinity. In pursuit of consciousness, evolution of forms occurs in seven stages: stone or metal, vegetable, worm, fish, bird, animal and human. Ever individualized soul must experience all these forms in order to gain full consciousness. Once consciousness is attained, the burden of impressions accumulated in these forms prevent the soul from realizing its identity with God. To gain this realization the individual must transverse an inward spiritual path, eliminating the false impressions of individuality and eventuating in the knowledge of the “real self” as God.”—Meher Baba’s cosmology (via youreyestheyturnme)
“The building never fall down.
They are the teeth of the town(spacious thoughts)
they crush us up in they grind,
The meat and bone of the mind.
We gather here on the block(spacious thoughts)
They key broke off in the lock.
I’ll meet you down by the well
I’ll meet you down by the well(spacious thoughts)”—Tom Waits