Just read elsewhere about Happiness and Bliss…
Big concepts. And immediately thought of one of the most brilliant stop motion animation ever made, the 1998 animated short film MORE, which has a story about manufacturing and consuming ‘Happy’ and ‘Bliss’ products.
[And coincidentally features music from New Order, a Brit punk-rock band I liked, and whose song Temptation (from the movie Trainspotting) I was just listening to the other day]
This animated film is one of those things which you see once and never leaves your head again, popping up most incongruously at the strangest times…like now.
More tells the story of an inventor who lives in a drab, colorless world. Day by day, he toils away in a harsh, dull, and dehumanizing job, his only savior being the memories of the bliss of childhood. But at night, he works secretly on an invention that could help him relive those memories and spread their joy to everyone in his despair-filled life.
When he finishes the invention, it changes the way people look at the world. His success changes him, however, because he loses an important part of himself.
Musing on Happiness and Bliss, and the ancient debate between the Epicureans and the Stoics.
More [animation 1998; featuring the song Elegia by New Order]:
That day shall come when we remove our rose-tinted goggles and realized we have used up the Happy/Bliss/Magic/Colour/Child in us…