June 9th, 2006

happy

In which I ramble a lot about clams and ask a question

"You are the absolute center of your universe, and there's nothing wrong with that. I've never understood why telling someone that that act as if they're the 'center of the universe' is seen as a bad thing. Everyone is the center of their own universe, and everyone is the most important person in their world. The world *does* revolve around you, and things are *only* important to the degree to which they effect you personally.

Now, this doesn't mean that the egocentric universe is totally lacking in empathy. Most people don't like to see their friends or loved ones (or anyone, usually) in distress. But they don't like this because it causes them personal stress/anguish/whatever. John Donne said "Any man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind." I agree with that, though I'd like to point out that *my* death would diminish me a good deal more than anyone else's. In any case I think that Donne's statement expresses pretty well how empathy fits into egocentrism."

From here.

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And then the other question: Has any scientific research been done on the happiness of clams?
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