"Is happiness treason?" That's one of the questions posed in the commentary to today's Gaping Void cartoon:
Capitalism would fall flat on its face if we all decided, today, right now, that we're happy with who we are and happy with the way things are. Think about it. You wouldn't need that shiny new tech toy. You wouldn't need that expensive new pair of shoes. You wouldn't need that sleek new car. The luxury vacation to "get away from it all." And you certainly wouldn't need to sit in front of the TV or computer and soak in advertising-laden mental opiates to distract you from your life, nor would you need the politicians screaming for attention on them, trying to convince you that their brand of hate will make the world a better place than that other brand of hate.
If everyone just decided they were happy then commercial enterprise that wasn't oriented toward supplying food, shelter, basic clothing and health care ("bananas, bedrooms, briefs and biopsies") would collapse. And all of "civilization" along with it.
Yup, happiness is treason, all right. So, whatever you do, don't be happy - our country depends on your misery.