Thursday, 28 January 2016
A quote for thought #3
Throughout the past week I've been rereading Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre for a Victorian Literature module. I didn't love it the first time I read it, and I can't say I love it now, but I definitely like it more than I previously did (after reading Wuthering Heights I can't help but compare and WH is more my kind of book). But there are certainly some lines and phrases in JE that stand out and make me think.
The idea that happiness is more important than dignity is one that makes a lot of sense, yet so many people live their lives with these things opposed. Everyone wishes to appear dignified, because ultimately you're respected more in this society for seeming more serious, more majestic. But what if people just accepted people for who they are underneath the noble facade, and smiled whenever they saw someone else smiling, whenever they saw someone happy.
As much as we wish to appear composed, and therefore serious, aren't we all having more fun when we're a little on the sillier side? And at the end of the day, you are the things that bring you happiness, and you can't get all your happiness from acting dignified. It's important to let loose, to indulge, to smile. But if it makes you happy, should you really feel any guilt for something? Do you really lose dignity if you're smiling the whole time? I don't think you do. Maybe others will think a little less of you, but if they care more about their opinion of your dignity than your own personal happiness, do you want them around?
I hope you live your lives on the look out for happiness, and without much thought of dignity. And I hope you find those willing to be silly beside you, to share your smiles and your happiness.
Until next time.