One of my favorite things that I have written in my journal is a quote from the book 'Another Roadside Attraction' by Tom Robbins. (It is in my oldest journal. Judging from the ink, writing and time I remember reading this book, I would say I was about 18 or 19 years old.)
"Happiness is a learned condition. And since it is learned and self generating, it does not depend upon external circumstances for it's perpetuation."
I have always considered myself an existentialist, for no other reason than the absolute inability to see things from any other perspective but my own. I believe that happiness IS learned and self generating but what to do with those pesky external circumstances that come along to muck up your inner bliss? Our country has very specific laws in place to prevent us from eliminating these inner peace invaders and I have never been good at meditation, despite having carried around my little copy of The Pocket Dalai Lama.
n. A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.
My other favorite quote from the same book:
"Amanda became pregnant during a fierce thunderstorm. 'Was it the lightning or the lover?' she was sometimes heard to muse. When her son was born with electrical eyes, people no longer thought her foolish."