Happiness I used to think; now I don’t. Laura Ingalls Wilder put the desired attributes of life very well I feel: be helpful, be kind and be courageous. That, I think, is what I want. Eglantyne Jebb said that all humanity is one; I want my children to think that. Robin Williams, in Night of the Museum, said that the secret to happiness is physical exercise. I want my children to know that. What do you want for your children? If you are a teacher, what do you want to give the children you teach?
So many things we accept because of our cultures. So many things we get wrong and never question it, i.e. margarine is more healthy than butter, it is good to make your bed when you get out of it, having more things is good for us. But we do need our brains to accept things; society and culture is so complex now that life would be too much for us if we questioned everything. Besides which, it is painful to change entrenched networks, who needs that? So how do we know what to question and when, and more importantly, how do we summon the mental strength to change our networks.