Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:38:17 AM
“No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.” Christian Nestell Bovee
We seldom use the word delusional in a positive context. Delusions are saved for the wannabes, for the impractical dreamers, the overly obsessed. What if, as Bovee points out, we need delusions for our happiness?
Happiness can be obtained, but total happiness, without any wantings in life, is decidedly impossible. We use delusions to plug the holes in our lives, to make our world closer to perfect, to make ourselves feel more complete. In our heads, we imagine our small daily wishings and our wildest, fantastic dreams coming true.
Of course, when delusions venture into the psychotic arena, delusions become dangerous. They become an obsession that a person feels their happiness is dependent on. So we can't let our delusions guide our choices and beliefs, because our futures are firmly hinged upon reality.
But of the harmless, whimsical variety, delusions can make the impossible something to smile about. We know they are miles out of our reach, but just let us dream.